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The Four Great Temples: Buddhist Art, Archaeology, and Icons of Seventh-Century Japan

Donald F. McCallum


Few periods in Japanese history are more fascinating than the seventh century. This was the period when Buddhism experienced its initial flowering in the country and the time when Asukadera, Kudara Odera, Kawaradera, and Yakushiji (the “Four Great Temples” as they were called in ancient texts) were built. These structures have received only limited attention in Western literature, primarily because they are now ruins. This book seeks to restore the four great temples to their proper place in the history of Japanese Buddhism and Buddhist architecture. Three of the temples have been studied arch ... More

Keywords: Japanese Buddhism, Asukadera, Kudara Odera, Kawaradera, Yakushiji, Buddhist architecture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824831141
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831141.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald F. McCallum, author
University of California, Los Angeles.