Shinto : Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art

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A richly illustrated book exploring the Japanese Shinto artistic tradition - the companion book to an exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Bringing the rich Japanese Shinto artistic tradition to life, this handsome volume explores the significance of calligraphy, painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts within traditional kami veneration ceremonies. A central feature of Japanese culture for many centuries, the veneration of kami deities-a practice often referred to as Shinto-has been a driving force behind a broad swath of visual art.

Focusing on the Heian period (795-1185) through the Edo period (1615-1868), this generously illustrated volume brings the rich Shinto artistic tradition to life through works of calligraphy, painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts. Thematic essays authored by both American and Japanese scholars explore different dimensions of kami veneration and examine the significance of these objects-many of which have never been seen outside of Japan-in Shinto ceremonies.

  • Author: Sinéad Vilbar, curator of Japanese art at the Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 312 pages | 195 colour illustrations
  • Date published: May 2019
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-0300237016
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 25.4 cm

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