Refurbish, Reconsecrate, Repurpose. Handling Old and Incinerated Icons in Medieval Japan

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Abstract

This article explores how different religious institutions in the Heian and Kamakura periods handled refurbishments and repurposing of their sacred icons, and tackles the issues surrounding the lack of records for “sending away” ceremonies in premodern sources. By focusing on the repeated performance of eye-opening rites, and on the deliberations surrounding the burning of the icon of Kamatari at Tōnomine, this article probes the extent to which paradigms of conservation and repurposing outweigh the one of material production.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7
Pages (from-to)151- 171
JournalArs Orientalis
Volume52
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2023

Bibliographical note

Special Issue Proposal for Ars Orientalis, Guest Editor: Halle O’Neal “Reuse and Recycling in Japanese Visual and Material Cultures”

Keywords

  • Buddhist Rituals
  • Sacred Icons
  • Japanese Material Culture

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