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Materializing the Sacred: Buddhas and Kami in Japanese Visual Culture

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Monday, March 18, 2024 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0344
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The torii gateway to the Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

From the 8th century through the 19th century, Shinto and Buddhist traditions and institutions intermingled in Japan. Buddhism, with its rich pantheon of auspicious divinities, relied on the use of images for spreading its teachings and assimilating with local religions. This practice had a profound impact on the veneration of kami (broadly defined as spirits of nature) in Shinto, which originally did not use such depictions.

Yui Suzuki, an art historian specializing in Japanese religious art, describes the synthesis of kami veneration and Buddhist worship, particularly how notions of the divine were embodied in the visual arts. She shows notable examples of Japanese painting and sculpture from premodern Japan.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.