This course surveys the arts of the Japanese archipelago through the focused study of selected major sites and artifacts. We consider objects in their original contexts and in the course of transmission and reinterpretation across space and time. How did Japanese visual culture develop in the interaction with objects and ideas from China, Korea, and the West? Topics include prehistoric artifacts, the Buddhist temple, imperial court culture, the narrative handscroll, the tea ceremony, folding screens, and early modern prints.
Equivalent Course: ARTH 16800