According to the foreword "The Practice of Copying in Japanese Art" by Melissa Rinne, the associate curator of Japanese art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, this book emphasizes the significance and functions of copying tradition in Japan.Rinne explains how a "copy (in Japanese, utsushi, mosha, or mozo) of an existing artwork might be made for a variety of purposes," by giving several historical examples, such as the Two World Mandalas in the Jingoji temple in Kyoto and the treasures stored in the Shosoin depository in Nara.
By replicating the works of predecessors, the traditional techniques and style, and the accompanying aesthetic considerations are accurately conveyed.
(Excerpted from the catalogue, Masters of Bamboo, by Melissa Rinne, assistant curator of Japanese Art, in collaboration with Koichiro Okada.)How curious then to watch Kibe Seiho, Japanese master artist from Kyushu Island's Oita Prefecture, patiently and graciously answer the non-stop questions from the largely American participants who attended his 2 day workshop recently!
Melissa Rinne, Associate Curator of Japanese Art from the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco will explain more about the history of these beautiful objects in a lecture that explores the different painting styles, subjects, compositions, and materials of the screen format.
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