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Author Yiengpruksawan, Mimi Hall, 1948-

Title Hiraizumi : Buddhist art and regional politics in twelfth-century Japan / Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Asia Center : Distributed by Harvard University Press, 1998.


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 UniM Bail f  952.11401 YIEN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 263 pages : illustrations (some colour), maps ; 28 cm.
Series Harvard East Asian monographs ; 171.
Harvard East Asian monographs ; 171.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-254) and index.
Contents Pt. I. Foundations. 1. The Emishi. 2. The Kitakami Rulers -- Pt. II. Art and Politics at Hiraizumi. 3. Kiyohira. 4. Motohira and Hidehira. 5. A Realm of Gold. 6. The Fall of Hiraizumi. 7. Art and Mandate.
Summary In the twelfth century, along what were then the borders of the Japanese state in northern Honshu, three generations of local rulers built a capital city at Hiraizumi that became a major military and commercial center. Known as the Hiraizumi Fujiwara, these local powerholders were descendents of the ancient Emishi, for centuries rivals to the central Japanese state and only recently reluctant participants in the growing Japanese polity. At Hiraizumi, these rules created a city filled with art, from splendid temples and shrines to landscaped gardens and palatial residences that rivaled in scale and extravagance those found in Kyoto. This building program was at least in part an attempt to use the power of art and architecture to claim a religious and political mandate. At the same time, it was an encounter with a set of concerns that arose from the situation of the Hiraizumi Fujiwara as outsiders in an emergent cultural homogeneity defined by the center in Kyoto.
In this, the first book-length study of Hiraizumi in English, Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan studies the history of the region and the rise of the Hiraizumi Fujiwara and analyzes their remarkable program of construction.
Subject Buddhist art -- Japan -- Hiraizumi-chō.
Art, Japanese -- Heian period, 794-1185.
Hiraizumi-chō (Japan) -- Politics and government.
ISBN 0674392051 (alk. paper)