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Harvard East Asian Monographs 412

Word Embodied

The Jeweled Pagoda Mandalas in Japanese Buddhist Art

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$75.00 • £60.95 • €67.50

ISBN 9780674983861

Publication Date: 08/06/2018


310 pages

7 x 10 inches

90 color illustrations

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O’Neal’s new book untangles these mandalas’ visual and performative complexity. Impressively researched and broadly conceived, the five chapters of this study investigate the key aspects of the jeweled pagoda mandalas’ composition, their textual and visual content, and the historical and cross-cultural contexts of their production… The feast of visual material investigated in O’Neal’s book is so rich.—Anna Andreeva, Journal of Japanese Studies

Lively, provocative, and ambitious… Stands out as a very impressive, well-researched, satisfying, and nearly exhaustive study of relatively undocumented paintings and their historical circumstances… Serves in many ways as a model for scholarship on premodern Japanese Buddhist icons.—Cynthea J. Bogel, Monumenta Nipponica

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