History of Art and Visual CultureHAVC 120A Early Japanese Temples

The construction and images, and the liturgical, political, and social functions of the principal Japanese temples surviving from the formative period of Japanese history, from approximately 500 to 1100 C.E. These temples are all prime historical and social sites in modern Japan. Most of them are mainly Buddhist, but the religious context of the course will be the general one of Japan during this period, including Shinto.