Chinese art influences from the 12th to 14th centuries

A showing of Art from the Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts from the 12th, 13th, and 14th centuries of Japan. Most of which came from China and were adapted into Japanese culture. An interesting set of pieces showing different ideas and styles that went by through the different centuries and periods as well as showing influences from other cultures. From figures to pictures all of them are interesting to examine and may each tell their own story. All were chosen because of the intriguing nature and history of China and Japan.

This figure represents a being from Chinese origin which worship of came to Japan in the Heian period, and it represents one of the eight deities that protect a cardinal direction of China.
Appears to be a bell used by Buddhists. Ringing said to awaken and please deities. Called sankorei due to three points. Does not have many of the details other bells have, may have eroded with time.
Depiction of a noble horse neglected and forgotten and symbolized Song dynasty officials in certain ways. Brought nostalgia of the Song dynasty after the takeover of the Mongolian-ruled Yuan dynasty.
Depiction of consort Minfei being brought to the cold north, drawn by an artist. Most artists were bribed to portray women well, Minfei, or Wang Zhaojun refused to bribe and was portrayed poorly.
Record of 147 total poetry contest rounds thought to have been compiled by Fujiwara Tadamichi. Many records such as this one existed.
A painting that was done on silk in japan, no information is given, but on inspection appears to depict five deities or figures of high importance due to the "halos" painted around them.
A pitcher from China for offerings or purifying with water by Buddhists. Shigi-shaped, named for Chogosonshi-ji Temple on Mount Shigi. Imported to Japan and used as decorations for Buddhist ceremonies
Shows a blend of Shinto and Buddhist elements. Depicts a central Buddhist shrine as well as all of the enshrined Buddhist deities instead of the buildings. Depicts Mt. Mikasa at the top.
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