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Considers the effect of social and old occasions upon the advance and progress of jap arts and crafts from prehistoric instances to the overdue 19th century.

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That the It and affluent is raised-floor originally used only for storehouses pit important and to building, for dwell- for the head, are but no details about available. The two-piece this garment costume of both sexes as represented in the haniwa suggests that ings of the rich, gradually replaced the pit dwell- the one-piece kimono, which in time ing even for ordinary people. virtual Though nothing remains of the clothing of the when the great burial tumuli people of the times were different social conditions.

EARLY BUDDHIST ART • 49 Todai-ji (Fig. 25) especially is The Toshodai-ji Lecture Hall as interesting a piece of secular from many lands visited there, bringing with kinds of exotic things. It all them not surprising that is capital city of Heijo. traveling to T'ang China have come into contact with various cultures and should thus have served as seventh and eighth centuries (Fig. 26). from these cultures architecture. Originally stood in a palace in the it The collection of personal emperor Shomu represents art and objects of the craft trends from many parts of the world in the It is important to culture of this time recall —a that the Buddhist culture whose Japanese manifestations have been sketchily described in the preceding pages —had virtually the whole known a background.

Toindo, or East Precinct In the a bronze statue known (Sacred Kannon). Although works, to see traces as the it is Sho Kannon possible, in these of the older styles in the treatment of the garments, generally the bodies tendency to learn from the works of the early T'ang dynasty. The famous three-storied East Pagoda of the Yakushi-ji (Fig. 19) appears to and faces are realistically rendered, and the flesh is more richly modeled and more fully apparent under the clinging draperies. These statues clearly have reveal six stories because of the addition of sub- the influence of Gupta Indian art EARLY BUDDHIST ART as 45 / ; / ('• ' r/ft- ' J?

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