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Sanskrit Beyond Text: The Use of Bonji (Siddham) in Mandala and Other Imagery in Ancient and Medieval Japan

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dc.contributor.advisor Bogle, Cynthea en_US Dine, Susan Michelle en_US 2012-09-13T17:24:46Z 2012-09-13T17:24:46Z 2012-09-13 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.other Dine_washington_0250O_10572.pdf en_US
dc.description Thesis (Master's)--University of Washington, 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis features selected examples of Japanese art from the Heian period to the Kamakura period that carry within their artistic representation the use of Sanskrit characters. As such, it is about the dissemination of Sanskrit characters in Japan and their deployment in visual culture--an area of Japanese art history that has been, to date, understudied. This phenomenon began by the ninth century with the importation of both Esoteric Buddhist texts and objects with Sanskrit, evolved to include non-religious as well as Buddhist objects during the medieval era, and continued into modern times. My thesis explores shifts in the appearance, deployment and function of Sanskrit on non-textual religious objects which, while always illustrating the polysemy of the sign, spread from representing specific deities and doctrine in Esoteric Buddhism to additionally representing concepts that supported the dogmatic integration of Shinto and Buddhism that was already practically inherent in the culture of ancient and medieval Japan. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
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dc.rights Copyright is held by the individual authors. en_US
dc.subject bonji; Esoteric Buddhism; mandala; sanskrit en_US
dc.subject.other Art history en_US
dc.subject.other Asian studies en_US
dc.subject.other Fine arts en_US
dc.title Sanskrit Beyond Text: The Use of Bonji (Siddham) in Mandala and Other Imagery in Ancient and Medieval Japan en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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