A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture presents a collection of 26 original essays from top scholars in the field that explore and critically examine various aspects of Asian art and architectural history. * Brings together top international scholars of Asian art and architecture * Represents the current state of the field while highlighting the wide range of scholarly approaches to Asian Art * Features work on Korea and Southeast Asia, two regions often overlooked in a field that is often defined as India-China-Japan * Explores the influences on Asian art of global and colonial interactions and of the diasporic communities in the US and UK * Showcases a wide range of topics including imperial commissions, ancient tombs, gardens, monastic spaces, performances, and pilgrimages.
Rebecca M. Brown is visiting Associate Professor in the History of Art and Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, USA. Her publications include Gandhi's Spinning Wheel and the Making of India (2010), and Art for a Modern India, 1947-1980 (2009) Deborah S. Hutton is Associate Professor of Art History at The College of New Jersey, USA. She is the author of Art of the Court of Bijapur (2006), which received the American Institute of Indian Studies Edward Cameron Dimock Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities. Together, Rebecca Brown and Deborah Hutton have edited Asian Art: An Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006).
List of Illustrations viii Notes on Contributors xiv Acknowledgments xx Part I Introduction 1 1 Revisiting Asian Art 3 Rebecca M. Brown and Deborah S. Hutton Part II Objects in Use 21 2 The Material Facts of Ritual: Revisioning Medieval Viewing through Material Analysis, Ethnographic Analogy, and Architectural History 23 Kevin Gray Carr 3 Textiles and Social Action in Theravada Buddhist Thailand 48 Leedom Lefferts 4 Functional and Nonfunctional Realism: Imagined Spaces for the Dead in Northern Dynasties China 70 Bonnie Cheng 5 The Visible and the Invisible in a Southeast Asian World 97 Jan Mrazek Part III Space 121 6 Building Beyond the Temple: Sacred Centers and Living Communities in Medieval Central India 123 Tamara I. Sears 7 Urban Space and Visual Culture: The Transformation of Seoul in the Twentieth Century 153 Kim Youngna 8 Unexpected Spaces at the Shwedagon 178 Elizabeth Howard Moore 9 The Changing Cultural Space of Mughal Gardens 201 James L. Wescoat Jr. Part IV Artists 231 10 Old Methods in a New Era: What Can Connoisseurship Tell Us about Rukn-ud-Din? 233 Molly Emma Aitken and Shanane Davis, with technical analysis by Yana van Dyke 11 Convergent Conversations: Contemporary Art in Asian America 264 Margo Machida 12 The Icon of the Woman Artist: Guan Daosheng (1262 1319) and the Power of Painting at the Ming Court c. 1500 290 Jennifer Purtle 13 Diasporic Body Double: The Art of the Singh Twins 318 Saloni Mathur Part V Challenging the Canon 339 14 Re-evaluating Court and Folk Painting of Korea 341 Kumja Paik Kim 15 Conflict and Cosmopolitanism in Arab Sind 365 Finbarr Barry Flood 16 In the Absence of the Buddha: Aniconism and the Contentions of Buddhist Art History 398 Ashley Thompson 17 On Maurya Art 421 Frederick Asher Part VI Shifting Meanings 445 18 Art, Agency, and Networks in the Career of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543 1616) 447 Morgan Pitelka 19 Shiva Nataraja: Multiple Meanings of an Icon 471 Padma Kaimal 20 Sifting Mountains and Rivers through a Woven Lens: Repositioning Women and the Gaze in Fourteenth-Century East Java 486 Kaja M. McGowan 21 Dead Beautiful: Visualizing the Decaying Corpse in Nine Stages as Skillful Means of Buddhism 513 Ikumi Kaminishi 22 In the Name of the Nation: Song Painting and Artistic Discourse in Early Twentieth-Century China 537 Cheng-hua Wang Part VII Elusive, Mobile Objects 561 23 Chinese Painting: Image-Text-Object 563 De-nin Deanna Lee 24 Locating Tomyoji and Its Six Kannon Sculptures in Japan 580 Sherry Fowler 25 The Unfired Clay Sculpture of Bengal in the Artscape of Modern South Asia 604 Susan S. Bean 26 Malraux s Buddha Heads 629 Gregory P. A. Levine Index 655