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Notes on Visits to the Hōryūji Temple in Nara, Japan

Notes on Visits to the Hōryūji Temple in Nara, Japan © Brill, Leiden 2002 JEAA 3, 1–2 NOTES ON VISITS TO THE HÔRYU ¯ JI TEMPLE IN NARA, JAPAN BY SU BAI 宿白 (Peking University) Translated by Feng Jiren Abstract This paper discusses certain elements of the architecture and some of the statues pre- served in the Hôryûji, Nara, Japan, in comparison with similar structures and artifacts seen in contemporary cave temples in China, especially those at Mogao, in Dunhuang, and Longmen, in Luoyang. Several long-standing problems are elucidated, and tenta- tive dates are established for the beam-structure in the roof of the upper floor of the Main Hall, the roof of the Tamamushi no Zushi, the Bodhisattvas painted on the door leaves, the murals in the Main Hall, and the statues in the Gojûnotô (Five-storied Pagoda). Introduction The Hôryûji 法隆寺 Temple in Nara 奈良 , Japan, preserves many cul- tural relics dating from the Asuka 飛鳥 (538–710) and Nara (710–794) periods. Thus, for those working in the archaeology of the Six Dynasties (220–589), Sui 隋 (581–618), and Tang 唐 (618–907) periods of China, it is really worth studying. I was able to visit the temple three times over ten years ago, and Takada Ryôshin 高田良信 , the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of East Asian Archaeology Brill

Notes on Visits to the Hōryūji Temple in Nara, Japan

Journal of East Asian Archaeology , Volume 3 (1): 333 – Jan 1, 2001

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© 2002 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1387-6813
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1568-5233
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10.1163/156852301100402732
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© Brill, Leiden 2002 JEAA 3, 1–2 NOTES ON VISITS TO THE HÔRYU ¯ JI TEMPLE IN NARA, JAPAN BY SU BAI 宿白 (Peking University) Translated by Feng Jiren Abstract This paper discusses certain elements of the architecture and some of the statues pre- served in the Hôryûji, Nara, Japan, in comparison with similar structures and artifacts seen in contemporary cave temples in China, especially those at Mogao, in Dunhuang, and Longmen, in Luoyang. Several long-standing problems are elucidated, and tenta- tive dates are established for the beam-structure in the roof of the upper floor of the Main Hall, the roof of the Tamamushi no Zushi, the Bodhisattvas painted on the door leaves, the murals in the Main Hall, and the statues in the Gojûnotô (Five-storied Pagoda). Introduction The Hôryûji 法隆寺 Temple in Nara 奈良 , Japan, preserves many cul- tural relics dating from the Asuka 飛鳥 (538–710) and Nara (710–794) periods. Thus, for those working in the archaeology of the Six Dynasties (220–589), Sui 隋 (581–618), and Tang 唐 (618–907) periods of China, it is really worth studying. I was able to visit the temple three times over ten years ago, and Takada Ryôshin 高田良信 , the

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Journal of East Asian ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2001

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