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Title “Japanese Style” (wayō) in Heian Period Sculpture: History of the Term
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About author Vaneian, Elizaveta Stepanovna — Ph. D. student. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, 1, 119991 Moscow, Russian Federation.
In the section Oriental Art DOI10.18688/aa199-6-68
Year 2019 Volume 9 Pages 768777
Type of article RAR Index UDK 7.01/7.032(31) Index BBK 85.13

In this article the term wayō (和様 “Japanese style”) of the Japanese art history is analysed: its etymology, meaning and usage in general and in relation to Japanese sculpture of Heian period (794–1185), in particular. With reference to the contemporary Japanese authors addressing the same questions, it has been possible to establish that, unlike other types of cultural objects (marked as “Japanese” or “non-Japanese” back in the past), sculpture of particular periods was said to express “Japanese style” only in Modern times, originally in politicised contexts. However, being semantically rich and multi-layered, the concept of wayō gradually became the instrument of indicating Japanese identity as part of the discourse on the traditional. For this reason, I argue that the Russian translation and usage of the term “iaponskij stil’” (“Japanese style”) is inadequate, especially with the attribute “national”. Instead, I suggest using the transliteration wayō or, alternatively, “Jōchō-style” or “Fujiwara-style”, providing commentaries on the concept and term by modern and contemporary Japanese authors.

Reference Vaneian, Elizaveta S. “Japanese Style” (wayō) in Heian Period Sculpture: History of the Term. Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art: Collection of articles. Vol. 9. Ed: A. V. Zakharova, S. V. Maltseva, E. Iu. Staniukovich-Denisova. — Lomonosov Moscow State University / St. Petersburg: NP-Print, 2019, pp. 768–777. ISSN 2312-2129.
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