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Week 6 Notes: Lecture 12

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Week 6 Notes: Lecture 12 ARH 209

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This set of notes includes Lecture 12 from October 5th.
Hist of Japanese Art >1 >IC
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Date Created: 11/10/15
ARH209 – History of Japanese Art | Lecture 12 | November 5, 2015 Visualizing Power 2 – Ideas of “Good Taste”: Imperial Villa Medieval 5 Cultural/Political Context: -Courtiers were no longer in power, but still existed as political figures -The warrior class was the ruling class at this time Sukiya Style Architechure: -“Sukiya” = sophisticated -Used by courtiers -Combination of shoin and grass hut characteristics YouTube Video: Katsura Imperial Villa (NHK Special, 2010) Katsura Detached Palace (Imperial Villa): -Built along the Katsura River over 3 generations, right next to the location of the imperial palace which was burned down and never rebuilt -Massive garden with a large pond and forest-like foliage -One main building and 5 tea houses on site -Architectural elements: Raised floor, shingled roof, paper screen walls allowed light to shine through, zig-zag room configuration -Patrons would stay for weeks or months at a time -Main Gate: located in the southern portion of the property; meant for imperial visitors, including the emperor; stone paved pathways flanked by trees and shrubs -Garden: Stepping stone paths throughout garden, with hand-picked stones from specific parts of Japan; pond has small man-made waterfalls, meant to be heard but not necessarily seen -Moon-Viewing: Katsura was named after a legend of the moon which is significant in building arrangements for moon-viewing; courtiers hosted parties where patrons would move from room to room depending on the location of the moon; autumn full moon was thought to be the “perfect moon” *Entrance to Old Shoin (Medieval 5 Exam Slides, pg 4): -Irregular, non-symmetric pathway -Use of moss and stone references Zen gardens *Inside Old Shoin (Medieval 5 Exam Slides, pg 5): -Alcove, minimally treated wood, porous ceiling dividers, removable screens can create a very large space for large parties -Gold/silver stamp decorated wall panels are more subdued than shoin-style rooms, but fancier than grass hut-style rooms -Moon-viewing platform extends from Old Shoin out into the garden area; no railing suggests it is a part of the garden; panels leading out to the platform can be completely removed if desired New Palace: -Emperor’s quarters for when he would stay at the palace -Noteworthy of its staggered shelves; made with 18 different types of expensive, untreated wood including sandalwood and rosewood; some compartments are decorated with ink paintings; shelves give a sense of playfulness *Shokin-tei (Pavilion of Pine Zither) (Medieval 5 Exam Slides, pg 6): -Access to the tea room is by boat -Used for tea ceremonies, meals, moon-viewing, reciting poetry, etc. -One main room, the tea room, a few kitchen areas, and an outdoor veranda -Multiple different entrances depending on which room the patrons want to go to -Has a hip and gable roof with calligraphy to identify the tea room, yellow-gold plaster, a crawl door with window-type detail, exposed wattle, staggered impractical windows, asymmetric ornamental elements; very similar to grass hut-style architecture -Most known for the playful blue and white checkerboard patterns on the walls, atypical to grass hut tea rooms; thought to be made with expensive indigo; most important element that identifies the building as sukiya-style instead of grass hut-style *Photos of these pieces have been posted in the Exam Slides on Canvas


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