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Displaying Authority: Ashikaga Formal Display in the Muromachi Period

Lee, Jungeun (2017) Displaying Authority: Ashikaga Formal Display in the Muromachi Period. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation project investigates the socio-political and socio-economic contexts of the Ashikaga collection of Chinese paintings and objects and the associated development, function, and multifaceted meanings of formal decoration and display in medieval Japan. Scholars have been interested in the Ashikaga collection, kaisho reception halls, and shogunal art manuals (Kundaikan sōchōki) as either a way to understand the Japanese reception of Chinese paintings or to trace and reconstruct shoin-style architecture. However, formal display as an ensemble and a means of representing the patrons’ identities within the political and economic spheres of Kyoto have not been adequately addressed. My dissertation also investigates the relationship between the Ashikaga and their cultural advisors (dōbōshū) who were in charge of the arrangement of the collection. I show that the Ashikaga skillfully combined Japanese court and Buddhist traditions with elements of continental culture as a means to consolidate their own political and cultural authority. Additionally, I explore the gradual change in the meaning of formal display from an expression of political authority to a commodity circulated among the elite following the Ōnin War (1467-1477). The architectural space where the objects were displayed will be examined through visual and textual evidence. To this end, this dissertation moves beyond a survey of shogunal palaces and examines the development of interior space in medieval Japan and the relationship between formal interior display and the identity of the patron or owner.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lee, Jungeunjul46@pitt.edujul46
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairGerhart, Karen
Committee MemberLinduff, Katheryn
Committee MemberMcCloskey,
Committee MemberRawski,
Date: 26 June 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 13 March 2017
Approval Date: 26 June 2017
Submission Date: 13 April 2017
Access Restriction: 3 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 3 years.
Number of Pages: 245
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History of Art and Architecture
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: formal display, Ashikaga collection, Kundaikan sōchōki, Muromachi period, kaisho reception hall
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2017 00:11
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2020 05:15


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