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Unit 2: Asia and the Middle East Japan
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Visual Art in Japan Architecture Story scrolls Sculpture Woodblock prints Utilitarian art
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Architecture
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Pagoda Characteristics Japan is mostly volcanic rock, so most of the pagodas are wood. Similar to Chinese temples, but more richly decorated. Built to withstand both earthquakes and island storms. Always feature curved roofs. Built in 616 A.D. the Pagoda at Horyuji is the oldest wooden structure in the world.
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Temple Complex at Horyuji
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Story Scrolls
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Story Scrolls The illustrations stressed realism and action. The scenes are read, or unrolled, from right to left. “The Burning of the Sanjo Palace” is nearly 23 feet long. It tells the story of a night attack on the palace in 1159 A.D. in which the emperor was taken prisoner.
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Burning of the Sanjo Palace
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Sculpture
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Sculpture Japanese sculpture tend to highly “stylized”. The subject shown in the artwork usually
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Unformatted text preview: fits with its surroundings. A Zen Buddhist temple will feature statues of the Buddha, while a castle will be “protected” by statues of guard dogs, samurai and guardian deities. Woodblock Prints Woodblock Prints • These are made by carving an illustration into a sheet or block of wood, inking the surface, and printing on paper. • A separate carving must be made for each color, but they must be perfectly identical so everything lines up precisely. • As a result, woodblock print illustrations tend to be far less complex than paintings and drawings. Great Wave at Kanagawa Utilitarian Art Utilitarian art • Utilitarian art is art that has a practical use. Anything in your home that has a specific use, but is decorated to be more attractive, is utilitarian. • Japanese screens are used to provide more privacy in the home. • Some are wood, others are made of silk or paper....
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