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During the Momoyama period (1568-1615), the sacred island of Chikubushima became a repository for artwork commissioned by Japan's rulers. In this study, Watsky (art history, Vassar College) examines a variety of Chikubushima's structures and art objects, which illustrate how private belief and political ambition influenced artistic production at the intersection of institutional Buddhism and Shinto during this tumultuous period. The volume features a number of high-quality b&w and color photographs. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295983271
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 1,070,092
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Note to Readers
Preface: Considering Chikubushima
Introduction: The Sacred and Momoyama Japan 3
1 Chikubushima, from Its Origins to the Ascendancy of Hideyoshi 39
2 Hideyoshi and the Sacred: Manipulating Convention 69
3 Encoding the Sacred 101
4 The Material of the Sacred 143
5 After Hideyoshi: Hideyori's Enlistment of the Sacred 197
6 Hideyori and Chikubushima's New Ensemble 231
Epilogue: Chikubushima in Post-Toyotomi Japan 267
Notes 275
Appendix 309
Bibliography 323
Illustration Credits 337
Index 339
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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    Beautifully illustrated and meticulously researched!

    In this book, Andrew Watsky studies Momoyama period art, architecture, and politics in relation to the Main Hall at Tsukubusuma shrine on the island of Chikubushima in Lake Biwa (pictured on the dust jacket). Instead of just discussing the composite construction of the hall, its elaborate decoration, and possible function, Watsky places the structure within a broader context. For instance, he traces the lives of the Toyotomi family, provides detailed descriptions of the political tension, and examines the larger visual culture.

    Overall, Chikubushima is a meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated text. Watsky's easy style of writing makes it highly-accessible, even to readers with no background in Japanese art, architecture, and politics. The quality and clarity of his images is astounding, and it only adds to the reading experience. I highly recommend this book.

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