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ARTH305: Arts of Asia

Unit 3: The Art and Architecture of Japan   This unit serves as an introduction to the art and architecture of Japan from the Jomon (c.10,500-300BCE) through Edo (1615-1868) Periods.  After looking at the art of prehistoric and proto-historic Japan, this unit examines seventh through twelfth century Japanese art and its adoption and adaptation of Buddhist and royal artistic traditions from Korea and China.  This unit then focuses on Japanese art from the thirteenth through nineteenth centuries, when Japan was controlled by the warrior class, which was comprised of active patrons of the arts and Buddhism.   After completing this unit, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the major artistic traditions of Japan and their relationship to contemporary political, social, and religious developments.

Unit 3 Time Advisory
This unit should take you 45 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 3.1: 5 hours

☐    Subunit 3.2: 10 hours

☐    Subunit 3.3: 10 hours

☐    Subunit 3.4: 15 hours

☐    Guided Observation 3 (subunit 3.4.2): 1-2 hours

Unit3 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Identify major pre-modern Japanese works of art and architecture.
  • Identify, compare, and contrast major Japanese artistic and architectural developments.
  • Recognize how Japanese political, social, economic, and religious developments impacted artistic production.

3.1 Jomon, Yayoi and Kofun Periods (c. 10,500 BCE-538 CE)   3.1.1 Jomon (c.10,500-300 BCE)   - Reading: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Jomon Culture” Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Jomon Culture” (HTML)

 Instructions: Please read this overview of Jomon Culture.  After
you have read the text, click on “View Slideshow” and view examples
of Jomon Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Click on each
individual image and read the accompanying text.  

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3.1.2 Yayoi Period (c. 4th century BCE-3rd century CE)   - Lecture: iTunes U: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco: Professor Mary-Ann Milford’s Prehistoric Japan: Jomon to Yayoi: Early Ceramics, Part I and II Lectures Link: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco: Professor Mary-Ann Milford’s “Prehistoric Japan: Jomon to Yayoi: Early Ceramics, Part I and II” Lectures (iTunes U)
 
Instructions: These lectures are optional.  Should you choose to watch them, please view the entirety of Lectures 1 and 2 by Professor Mary-Ann Milford from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco’s “Art of Japan” lecture series.

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  • Reading: The British Museum’s “Japan: Yayoi Period (about 300 BC–AD 300),” “Pottery vessel,” “Trumpet-necked storage jar,”“Two d?taku (ritual bells),” and “D?hoko (ritual spear blade)” Links: The British Museum’s “Japan: Yayoi Period (about 300 BC–AD 300)” (PDF), “Pottery vessel” (PDF), “Trumpet-necked storage jar” (PDF),  “Two d?taku (ritual bells)” (PDF), and “D?hoko (ritual spear blade)” (PDF).

    Instructions: Please read these pages as an introduction to the Yayoi period and Yayoi Period Art.

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3.1.3 Kofun Period (c. 3rd century -538CE)   - Reading: The British Museum’s “Japan: Kofun Period (about 3rd–7th century AD),” “Stemmed Haji ware bowl with handle,” “Sword,” “Bronze mirror,” “Haniwa,” “Sue ware coffin,” and “Long-necked Sue jar” Links: The British Museum’s “Japan: The Kofun Period (about 3rd–7th century AD),” (PDF), “Stemmed Haji ware bowl with handle,” (PDF), “Sword,” (PDF), “Bronze mirror,” (PDF), “Haniwa,” (PDF), “Sue ware coffin,” (PDF), and “Long-necked Sue jar” (PDF).

 Instructions: Please read these pages as an introduction to the
Kofun period and Kofun Period Art.  

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3.2 Asuka, Nara and Heian Periods (538-1185)   3.2.1 Asuka and Nara Periods (538-794)   - Reading: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Asuka and Nara Periods” Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Asuka and Nara Periods” (HTML)

 Instructions: Please read this introduction to the history and art
of the Asuka and Nara Periods.  After you have read the text, click
on “View Slideshow” and view examples of art from these periods in
the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Click on each individual image and
read the accompanying text.  

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  • Reading: Asian Historical Architecture’s “H?ry?-ji” Link: Asian Historical Architecture’s “H?ry?-ji” (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please read this overview of the Buddhist temple complex of H?ry?-ji in Nara. Make sure to look at the images in the photo gallery at the top of the page.

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  • Reading: Asian Historical Architecture’s “T?dai-ji” Link: Asian Historical Architecture’s “T?dai-ji” (HTML)

    Instructions: Please read this overview of the Buddhist temple complex of T?dai-ji in Nara. Make sure to look at the images in the photo gallery at the top of the page.

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  • Web Media: YouTube: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco’s “Ancient Temples of Nara” Link: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco’s “Ancient Temples of Nara” (YouTube)

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    Instructions: Please watch the video in its entirety (5.5 mins.).

  • Lecture: iTunes U: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco: Professor Mary-Ann Milford’s “Tang Culture at the Nara Court, Part I and II” Lectures Link: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco: Professor Mary-Ann Milford’s “Tang Culture at the Nara Court, Part I and II” Lectures (iTunes U)
     
    Instructions: These lectures are optional.  Should you choose to watch them, please view the entirety of Lectures 5 and 6 by Professor Mary-Ann Milford from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco’s “Art of Japan” lecture series.

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3.2.2 Heian Period (794-1185)   - Reading: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Heian Period” Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Heian Period” (HTML)

 Instructions: Read this introduction to the history and art of the
Heian Period.  After you have read the text, click on “View
Slideshow” and view examples Heian Art in the Metropolitan Museum of
Art.  Click on each individual image and read the accompanying
text.  

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  • Reading: George Mason University: Women in World History’s “Painting, Scroll of Genji 1” and “Painting, Scroll of Genji 2” Links: George Mason University: Women in World History’s “Painting, Scroll of Genji 1” and “Painting, Scroll of Genji 2” (HTML)

    Instructions: Please read the entire text from these two web pages. Note that there is some overlap in text at the beginning of each page, please read through the second page for a synopsis of the events depicted in the images.

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  • Reading: Asian Historical Architecture’s “By?d?-in” Link: Asian Historical Architecture’s “By?d?-in” (HTML)

    Instructions: Please read this overview of the By?d?-in in Kyoto.  Make sure to look at the images in the photo gallery at the top of the page.

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  • Lecture: iTunes U: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco: Professor Mary-Ann Milford’s “Heian and Kamakura Scroll Paintings, Part I” Lecture Link: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco: Professor Mary-Ann Milford’s “Haein and Kamakura Scroll Paintings, Part I” Lecture (iTunes U)
     
    Instructions: Please view the entirety of Lecture 13 by Professor Mary-Ann Milford from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco’s “Art of Japan” lecture series.

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3.3 Kamakura and Muromachi Periods (1185-1573)   3.3.1 Kamakura and Nanbukuch? Periods (1185-1392)   - Reading: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Kamakura and Nanbukucho Periods” Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Kamakura and Nanbukucho Periods” (HTML)

 Instructions: Read this introduction to the history and art of the
Kamakura and Nanbukuch? Periods.  After you have read the text,
click on “View Slideshow” and view examples of art from these
periods in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Click on each individual
image and read the accompanying text.  

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  • Lecture: iTunes U: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco: Professor Mary-Ann Milford’s “Heian and Kamakura Scroll Paintings, Part II” Lecture Link: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco: Professor Mary-Ann Milford’s “Haein and Kamakura Scroll Paintings, Part II” Lecture (iTunes U)
     
    Instructions: Please view the entirety of Lecture 14 by Professor Mary-Ann Milford from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco’s “Art of Japan” lecture series.

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3.3.2 Muromachi Period (1392-1573)   - Reading: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Muromachi Period” Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Muromachi Period” (HTML)

 Instructions: Read this introduction to the history and art of the
Muromachi Period.  After you have read the text, click on “View
Slideshow” and view examples of art from this period in the
Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Click on each individual image and read
the accompanying text.  
    
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3.3.3 Samurai and Shoguns   - Reading: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Samurai” Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Samurai” (HTML)

 Instructions: Read this introduction to the samurai and their role
in the culture and art of the twelfth through nineteenth centuries. 
After you have read the text, click on “View Slideshow” and view
examples of art related to samurai culture in the Metropolitan
Museum of Art.  Click on each individual image and read the
accompanying text.  

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  • Reading: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Shoguns and Art” Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Shoguns and Art” (HTML)

    Instructions: Read this overview about shoguns and the arts.  After you have read the text, click on “View Slideshow” and view examples of art related to the shoguns.  Click on each individual image and read the accompanying text.

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3.3.4 Zen Buddhism   - Reading: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Zen Buddhism” Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Zen Buddhism” (HTML)

 Instructions: Read this overview of Zen Buddhism and its role in
the arts of Japan.  After you have read the text, click on “View
Slideshow” and view examples of Zen art in the Metropolitan Museum
of Art.  Click on each individual image and read the accompanying
text.  
    
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  • Reading: Asian Historical Architecture’s “Ry?an-ji” Link: Asian Historical Architecture’s “Ry?an-ji” (HTML)

    Instructions: Please read this overview of the Buddhist temple complex of Ry?an-ji.  Make sure to look at the images in the photo gallery at the top of the page.

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3.4 Momoyama and Edo Periods (1573-1868)   3.4.1 Momoyama Period (1573-1615)   - Reading: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Momoyama Period” Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Momoyama Period” (HTML)

 Instructions: Read this introduction to the history and art of the
Momoyama Period.  After you have read the text, click on “View
Slideshow” and view examples of art from this period in the
Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Click on each individual image and read
the accompanying text.  

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  • Reading: Columbia University’s “Taian Tearoom,” “Layout of Taian,” “Tearoom,” “Anteroom,” “Katte,” “Toko,” “Bamboo Grill,” “The Reconstruction of Taian,” and “Sen no Rikyu” Link: Columbia University’s “Taian Tearoom,” (HTML), “Layout of Taian,” (HTML),  “Tearoom,” (HTML), “Anteroom,” (HTML), “Katte,” (HTML), “Toko,” (HTML), “Bamboo Grill,” (HTML), “The Reconstruction of Taian,” (HTML) and “Sen no Rikyu” (HTML).

    Instructions: Please read these webpages for an overview of the Taian Teahouse.

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  • Reading: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “The Kano School of Painting” Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “The Kano School of Painting” (HTML)

    Instructions: Read this introduction to the influential Kano School of Painting.  After you have read the text, click on “View Slideshow” and view examples of art Kano School Painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Click on each individual image and read the accompanying text.

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  • Lecture: iTunes U: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco: Professor Mary-Ann Milford’s “Momoyama: Castle Architecture (Kano School), Part I and II” Lectures Link: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco: Professor Mary-Ann Milford’s “Momoyama: Castle Architecture (Kano School), Part 1 and 2” Lectures (iTunes)
     
    Instructions: Please view the entirety of Lectures 19 and 20 by Professor Mary-Ann Milford from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco’s “Art of Japan” lecture series.

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3.4.2 Edo Period (1615-1868)   - Reading: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Art of the Edo Period” Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Art of the Edo Period” (HTML)

 Instructions: Read this introduction to the history and art of the
Edo Period.  After you have read the text, click on “View Slideshow”
and view examples of art from this period in the Metropolitan Museum
of Art.  Click on each individual image and read the accompanying
text.  

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  • Reading: Asian Historical Architecture’s “Katsura Imperial Villa” Link: Asian Historical Architecture’s “Katsura Imperial Villa” (HTML)

    Instructions: Please read this overview of the Imperial Villa of Katsura.  Make sure to look at the images in the photo gallery at the top of the page.

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  • Reading: Asian Historical Architecture’s “Nij? Castle” Link: Asian Historical Architecture’s “Nij? Castle” (HTML)

    Instructions: Please read this overview of Nij? Castle. Make sure to look at the images in the photo gallery at the top of the page.

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  • Web Media: YouTube: The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco’s “From Castle to Palace: Samurai Architecture” Link: The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco’s “From Castle to Palace: Samurai Architecture” (YouTube)

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  • Reading: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Rinpa Painting Style” Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History’s “Rinpa Painting Style” (HTML)

    Instructions: Read this overview of Rinpa Painting Style.  After you have read the text, click on “View Slideshow” and view examples of Rinpa Painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Click on each individual image and read the accompanying text.

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  • Reading: The Victoria and Albert Museum’s “Ukiyo-e: Pictures of the Floating World” Link: The Victoria and Albert Museum’s “Ukiyo-e: Pictures of the Floating World” (PDF)

    Instructions: Please read this page as an introduction to ukiyo-e.  When you are finished, click on the link at the very bottom of the page. Follow the instructions to view “Related images from the collections” and read about the first two objects, which are examples of ukiyo-e in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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  • Web Media: YouTube: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco’s “Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection” Link: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco’s “Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection” (YouTube)

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    Instructions: Please watch the video in its entirety (12 mins).

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  • Assessment: The Saylor Foundation’s “Guided Observation 3: Japanese Woodblock Prints” The Saylor Foundation does not yet have materials for this portion of the course. If you are interested in contributing your content to fill this gap or aware of a resource that could be used here, please submit it here.

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