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The Four Great Temples: Buddhist Archaeology, Architecture, and Icons of Seventh-Century Japan Hardcover – December, 2008


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Donald F. McCallum is professor of Japanese art history at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Hawaii Pr; 1 New edition (December 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824831144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824831141
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,672,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Sean Bramble on June 18, 2009
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A remarkable book. Donald McCallum gives the reader a uniquely valuable perspective on events in 7th-century Japan through archaeological and textual examinations of the "Four Great Temples": Asukadera, Kudara Oodera, Kawaradera, and Yakushiji. Particularly noteworthy are 1) McCallum's summation of historical research previously available only in Japanese, which provides contrast and clarity to his own conclusions, and 2) his narrative structure, which makes the book quite exciting at times to read -- not bad for what is nonetheless a comprehensive work about temple archaeology. I will also add to being personally pleased there was a substantial discussion regarding Kanzeonji, one of Japan's most historically significant temples, located right here in Dazaifu. Overall, The Four Great Temples is both an in-depth introduction to these Buddhist temples and a reminder (if one is needed) that archaeology is the indispensable servant of history.
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