Although a fire in 1949 badly damaged these frescoes

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Unformatted text preview: the Bud- The Introduction of Buddhism 32 Fig. 12 Miroku buddha (Asuka-en) dhist art style of China’s Six Dynasties era to that of the T’ang. A bronze trinity (now situated in the Yakushiji Temple in Nara) of Yakushi, the healing buddha, and two attendant bodhisattvas exemplifies the great T’ang style of sculpture as it was produced in Japan (fig. 14). The main elements of this style can perhaps best be seen in the figures of the bodhisattvas: for example, in their sensuously curved and fleshy bodies, their raised hairstyling, and their more naturally hanging draperies. The finest examples of painting from the Hakuhò period are the frescoes that adorn the interior of the golden hall at the Hòryûji. Although a fire in 1949 badly damaged these frescoes, photographs show how they formerly appeared. An attendant bodhisattva in one of the trinities depicted was especially well preserved and has been widely admired as one of the best examples of T’ang painting (fig. 15). Quite sim- The Introduction of Buddhism 33 Fig. 13 Kudara Kannon at the Hòryûji Temple (Asuka-en) ilar in appearance to the bodhisattvas in the Yakushi trinity of bronze statues, it shows the great skill in linear technique of the artist of this age. Its even lines have been called wirelike in contrast to the alternately thick and thin lines, derived from the brushwork of calligraphy, that were later so favored by painters in China and Japan. 34 The Introduction of Buddhism Fig. 14 From the Yakushi trinity at the Yakushiji Temple (Asuka-en) The site for Nara was chosen by Chinese geomancy, the art of selecting suitable terrain on the basis of the favorable arrangement of its surrounding hills and the auspicious character of its “wind and water.” Modeled after the T’ang capital of Ch’ang-an, although on a smaller scale, Nara was laid out in orderly fashion with the palace enclosure in the north-center, a grand boulevard running down its middle to the city’s main gate of entrance in the south, and evenly intersecting north-sout...
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