Sacred Image/Sacred Place in Japanese Art
Kevin Carr
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
210 Tappan
3 Credit Seminar
*Cross listed with ASIAN 465.001
This class surveys the religious arts of Japan, with a special focus on the expression of the sacred in visual form. Not only will we examine traditions such as kami worship (Shinto), Buddhism, and mountain cults, but we will also consider comparative material from other visual cultures, as well as more general theories of sacred experience from other disciplines such as anthropology and religious studies. Each class will focus on a particular monument of Japanese art, ranging in date from the sixth century to the present day. Throughout the course, we will engage with questions concerning the status of the icon, the role of ritual, viewer reception, pilgrimage, and the natural world. All are welcome. Estimated cost of materials: less than $50. III. 2, 3