Buddhist Material Culture, “Indianism,” and the Construction of Pan-Asian Buddhism in Pre-War Japan

Journal Article (Academic article)

Late-nineteenth and early twentieth century Japanese Buddhism was marked by a wide-ranging fascination with Buddhist origins in India. This Indian turn in Japanese Buddhist circles manifested not only in elite academic scholarship, but also in Buddhist art and architecture. In this paper I consider the early twentieth century artistic and architectural production of Ito Chuta and Otani Kozui to deploy Indian and Southeast Asian Buddhist art as part of the effort to create a universalized Japanese Buddhism.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jaffe, RM

Published Date

  • November 2006

Published In

  • Material Religion

Volume / Issue

  • 21 /


  • 3

Start / End Page

  • 266–293 - 266–293

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