Korea and Japanese arts and traditions Essay


Korea is a country that is rich in culture and arts. The ancient pieces of art can today be obtained from the local museums in the country. Some art images in Korea include: vase, box, portable shrine, seated maitreya, Standing Buddha of Medicine. Each of these pieces of art had unique interpretations. Portable shrines mainly signified a holy ground and were used for purposes of worship.

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Japan on the other hand had pieces of art that included:  ancient pottery, ink paintings on materials like silk and paper, a myriad, a sculpture in wood and bronze. These works of art began long time ago in the year 10 millennium BC, to the present age.

The Kamakura Period in Japan was characterized by military ruler ship of the empire. The sculpture called emakimono was made during this period. This was a painting which illustrates the portraits of officials, warriors, poets and priests. The emakimono is made with great care since its image is so detailed and realistic. The Kamakura sculptures have great impact on the current traditions of Japan. They were made in a sculpture school called Jocho which was led by principals like Kokei, Kaikei and Unkei. Most of their works were done between 12 and 14th century.

Kamakura sculptures were later used to compose poems and stories which were written in scrolls. The narratives were rich in culture and have remained as a cultural resource to date. Examples of literature composed from the paintings include the tale of Heiji Insurrection and the tale of Ise. All of them show the cultural settings of the ancient people.


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