Friday, January 15, 2010

Hakuho Period Art Movement

I have not written anything in a while, I am still busy with many scroll orders, I just have not completed them yet. But I wanted to write about the General Movement of the arts in the Hakuho period of Japan. Hakuho is listed as being between 650 and 710 A.D. It was during this time that the Tang Dynasty had reached it's peak in China. It was during this time in Japan that a significant importation of artists from Korea and China would have a great influence on the subsequent Japanese art.

Also, likely due to the influence of Prince Shotoku in the previous Asuka period, a Government Internal Affairs Bureau was created. This helped to support and proliferate arts in this time period. As part of this Internal Affairs, there were 4 Master Court Artists appointed called Eshi and working beneath these masters there were 60 court painters called Edakumi.

Having a professional artisan class is what will help drive the incorporation of hanging wall scrolls into the culture of Japan during the Kamakura period.

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