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Hōryūji Reconsidered

Editor(s): Eric M. Field, Dorothy C. Wong

Book Description

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993, the Hōryūji temple complex includes some of the oldest and largest surviving wooden buildings in the world. The original Hōryūji temple was built between 601 and 607 by Prince Regent Shōtoku (573?–622), one of Japan’s best-known cultural heroes. The construction of the temple marked the introduction of Buddhism and Buddhist art and architecture to Japan from China, by way of the Korean peninsula, as promoted by Prince Shōtoku. After a fire in 670 that destroyed the site, the temple was rebuilt and enlarged. Hōryūji became one of Japan’s leading centers of Buddhist scholarship as well as a focus for the cult of its founder, Prince Shōtoku. This volume of essays originate from the “The Dawn of East Asian International Buddhist Art and Architecture: Hōryūji (Temple of the Exalted Law) in Its Contexts” symposium held at the University of Virginia in October 2005. Covering the disciplines of archaeology, architecture, architectural history, art history, and religion, these essays aim to shed new light on the Hōryūji complex by (1) examining new archaeological materials, (2) incorporating computer analysis of the structural system of the pagoda, and (3) including cross-cultural, interdisciplinary perspectives that reflect current research in various fields.


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8567-9
ISBN-10: 1-84718-567-3
Date of Publication: 01/05/2008
Pages / Size: 330 / A5
Price: £39.99


Dorothy C. Wong is Associate Professor of East Asian Art at the University of Virginia. In addition to Chinese Steles: Pre-Buddhist and Buddhist Use of a Symbolic Form (2004), she has published articles on many topics of Buddhist art of medieval China. Her recent research focuses on the transmission and transformation of Buddhist art forms from China (and India) to Korea and Japan in the seventh and eighth centuries.

Eric M. Field is an Information Technology Scientist for Applied and Advanced Technologies at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. With a background in both architectural design and computational systems, he specializes in advanced computing applications, information systems, and fabrication technology for architecture and design analysis. He has published scholarly essays as well as contributed to architectural exhibitions.