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Daitokuji: The Visual Cultures of a Zen Monastery

Levine, Gregory P. A.

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ISBN 10: 0295985402 / ISBN 13: 9780295985404
Published by Univ of Washington Press, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., 2005
Condition: Brand New / MINT Hardcover
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BRAND NEW BOOK in MINT / PRISTINE condition; DJ likewise and now in new Mylar. // This reviewer has spent a good deal of time in Kyoto, and has visited Diatokuji numerous times, and can attest the value of this handsome book. The Zen atmosphere so prevalent at Daitokuji seems to pervade this lovely book as well. Size: Quarto. Bookseller Inventory # 004995

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Title: Daitokuji: The Visual Cultures of a Zen ...

Publisher: Univ of Washington Press, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Brand New / MINT

Dust Jacket Condition: Brand New / MINT

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Levine (art history, U. of California-Berkeley) examines visual images and calligraphic objects associated with the Zen Buddhist monastery Daitokuji in Kyoto. He emphasizes visually compelling works and art history itself, its methods, and interpretive practices as they have impacted the monastery since the late 19th century. Many color photographs are included. Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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"Daitokuji is a splendid work, well written and highly informative, with enormous relevance to the fields of art history, religious studies, and cultural history. This is one of the most important books to emerge on Zen monastic culture, and specifically its arts complex, in more than a generation." -- Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan, author of Hiraizumi: Buddhist Art and Regional Politics in Twelfth-Century Japan

"This book is a tour de force. It succeeds admirably in breaking down disciplinary barriers and sweeping out mythic cobwebs. No one who reads it will think about Daitokuji and the arts of Zen in the same way again." -- Christine Guth, author of Longfellow's Tattoos: Tourism, Collecting, and Japan

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