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Title: EASC Colloquium: Prince Shotoku as a Two-year- old Child: The Development of a Unique Japanese Divinity (Emily Sano, Director Emerita, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; Curator and Art Consultant, Octopus Holdings)
Sharing: Public
Start Time: Friday October 11, 2013 12:00 PM
End Time: Friday October 11, 2013 01:15 PM
Location: Student Building, Room 150 (701 E. Kirkwood Ave)
Url: http://www.iu.edu/~easc/programs/index.shtml
Free/Busy: busy
Description:

Shotoku Taishi  ruled Japan as Prince Regent, on behalf  of the Empress Suiko,  from 593 - 622.   Many accomplishments are attributed to him, such as his learned understanding of Buddhism and his enlightened approach to governing the country.  After he died at age 49, his legacy grew, and sculptures of Prince Shotoku as a two-year –old child that began to appear in the 13th century epitomize the transformation of historical figure to a divinity unique in Japanese Buddhist belief. One of these statues is in the collection of the Indiana University Art Museum.

Emily J. Sano (B.A. Indiana University,  M.A. & Ph.D. Columbia University) has had a professional museum career since 1979 serving at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth; the Dallas Museum of Art; and The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, where she served as deputy director from 1993, and director from 1996 to 2008. During her tenure she oversaw the renovation of the former Main Library in the Civic Center of San Francisco and the move of the museum from its home in Golden Gate Park to the new facility. Since her retirement from the museum, Sano has worked as a private curator for the art collections of Larry Ellison, CEO of the Oracle Corporation.

Contact Email: easc@indiana.edu
Cost: Free
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