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Anton Schweizer Last modified date:2022.06.23

Professor / Graduate School of Humanities, International MA of Premodern Humanities IMAP / Department of Philosophy / Faculty of Humanities

1. Anton Schweizer, “Shaping a Deity: Cult, Politics, and Architecture at the Toyokuni Shrine in Kyoto.”

, Institute of East Asian Art History, Heidelberg University (Heidelberg, Germany)., 2020.05.
2. Anton Schweizer, Cynthea Bogel, Max Moerman, Youn-mi Kim, “Othering the Samurai: Exotic Materials on Japanese Campaign Coats.”

, College Art Association Annual Conference, 2019.02, Jinbaori are a type of vest-like surcoat that were worn by elite samurai during battle or on certain ceremonial occasions. This paper discusses foreign materials on three sixteenth-century jinbaori: Persian knitted fabric, European felt, and birds’ feathers. All three examples incorporate rare, imported materials into profoundly unconventional costume creations. All three examples also constitute adoptions and adaptations of groups of materials with long histories of symbolical charging and therefore attest to the conscious deployment of materials for communicating prestige, numinous power, and access to global trade networks.
Significantly, some of the exotic materials and manufacturing technologies—especially featherwork—seem to have been introduced to Japan first by Jesuit missionaries precisely for their potential to generate sensation and evoke associations with pre-existing concepts from religion, legend, and poetry and thus to serve as a powerful tool in proselytizing efforts. Patrons in Japan, however, swiftly appropriated and reinterpreted these materials for their own political ends.
This paper approaches jinbaori as tools for social othering and the communication of charismatic rulership. Strategies of social othering had been employed for two centuries by members of the samurai, a professional group that relied on violence in a society that in theory privileged Buddhist precepts of non-harming. Charismatic rulership and the rhetoric of legitimate government became a principal tool of political propaganda in the process of re-unification at the turn of the seventeenth century. The paper demonstrates how in this historical and political context materials and surface textures referencing foreignness, exotic nature, and legendary creatures were deployed as tools of political iconography.
3. Anton Schweizer, “Clad in Otherness: Imported Materials on Japanese Campaign Coats.”

, Eurasian Connections, symposium at the Center for Global Asia, NYU Shanghai (Shanghai, China)., 2018.08.
4. Anton Schweizer, “Puppets for the Margravine: Rediscovering Japanese Ephemera of the Seventeenth Century.”
, College Art Association, 2018.02, [URL].
5. Anton Schweizer, “Dressed to Kill: Momoyama Military Equipment.”

, Council of East Asian Studies at Yale University, 2018.04, [URL].