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CYNTHEA BOGEL Last modified date:2018.05.31

Professor / Faculty of Humanities / Department of Philosophy / Faculty of Humanities

1. CYNTHEA BOGEL, "Cosmology in Relief: The Eighth-Century Pedestal at Yakushiji, Nara", Fourth IMAP International Symposium in Japanese Humanities Symposium on Pre-Modern Japanese Culture at Kyushu University, 2016.12, “Religion and Imagination in Japanese Contexts” international four-day conference on Japanese religious studies. A workshop sponsored by Kyushu University’s World Premier International Researcher Invitation Program (“Progress 100”). December 7–10..
2. CYNTHEA BOGEL, "Cosmology Beneath the Master of Medicine: The Eighth-Century Pedestal at Yakushiji, Nara", Japan Colloquium Series at Yale University, Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University, 2016.11, Yakushiji temple in Nara houses a 2.5-meter bronze sculpture of the Master of Medicine Buddha with two attendant bodhisattvas; the triad was completed ca. 718. A temple of the same name was vowed by Emperor Tenmu (r. 672–686) in 680 for an earlier capital, Fujiwara, when his chief consort, later Empress Jitō (r. 686–697), became ill. Visually and metaphorically, the 1.5-meter bronze pedestal beneath the Master of Medicine icon supports his promise to quell forces that sicken people and foster chaos. The elegant and powerful blend of Indic foreign figures, Chinese cosmology, grape vines, and symbolic motifs on the pedestal have intrigued scholars for over a century as they seek to explain their possible meanings. Focusing on a search for continental sources, motifs in Buddhist contexts alone, or “Silk Road” origins, and falling back on unrelated meanings for symbolics such as the four directional animals, art historians have overlooked evidence provided by the histories and literature of “ancient Japan” that create and narrate the realm of Tenmu "all under heaven.” What emerges from a reexamination of Yakushiji in two times and places and a review of copious scholarship on the pedestal is, in large part, the creation and maintenance of memory: the Empress and her Emperor carried forward in image and concept to Nara from the old Fujiwara capital, and the representation of Tenmu’s realm—re-presented or imagined—on the pedestal in artistic bronze relief.
3. CYNTHEA BOGEL, “Two Capitals, One Cosmology: Clues to a Dual History of the Temple of the Medicine Master Buddha (Yakushiji in the Fujiwara and Nara Capitals)”, Reassessing Kodai Workshop, ミシガン大学 University of Michigan, 2016.02.
4. CYNTHEA BOGEL, "Undocumented Traces, Hidden Powers: The Eighth-Century Hokkedo Hall and Its Statues", Reassessing Kodai Workshop, ミシガン大学 University of Michigan, 2016.02.
5. CYNTHEA BOGEL, "Border Aesthetics: Art along/across borders" (Discussant), International Symposium in Fukuoka: Contesting Territory-Sovereignty, Tourism and Aesthetics, 2015.11.
6. CYNTHEA BOGEL, “Moving Icons, Changing Contexts: Statues and Paintings in Ancient Japanese Temples and Comparative Questions for Bhutan”, The Inaugural lecture for the Wellington and Virginia Yee Art Lecture Series, 2015.11.
7. BOGEL CYNTHEA, “Upholding the Buddha and Raising Questions: The Pedestal of Yakushiji's Main Icon.”, The Making of Religions and Religious Representations in Pre-Modern Japan: Imported, Native, and Modified Forms., 2014.01.
8. BOGEL CYNTHEA, “Upholding the Buddha with a Century of Study: The Pedestal of Yakushiji's Main Icon” (百年の研究:薬師寺本尊薬師如来の台座), Association for Asian Studies annual conference, 2014.03.
9. BOGEL CYNTHEA, “Grapes, Gods, and Men: Greco-Roman and Asian Motifs on an Eight-Century Japanese Buddha Pedestal.”(葡萄、神と人間:8世紀日本薬師如来像台座に示したギリシャーローマと東洋模様), Conference: The Reception of Greek and Roman Culture in East Asia: Texts & Artefacts, Institutions & Practices. Freie Universität Berlin, Institute for the History of Religions, 2013.07.