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Portugal, Jesuits, and Japan: Spiritual Beliefs and Earthly Goods

by Victoria Weston Mcmullen Museum Of Art, Boston College
Pub Date:
01/2013
ISBN:
9781892850201
Format:
Pbk 75 pages
Price:
AU$109.00 NZ$113.04
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Offering a new perspective on global trade relations during the Age of Exploration, Portugal, Jesuits, and Japan explores the relationships between Portuguese merchants, Jesuits, and the Japanese during the nanban period (1543–1614). Created to accompany an exhibit of the same name at the McMullen Museum of Art, this catalogue is richly illustrated with full-page images of Japanese art and artifacts of the period, from and porcelain objects to furniture and weaponry. Victoria Weston has assembled a collection of nine essays by internationally renowned scholars from a variety of fields, which when taken as a whole create a comprehensive study of international relations during the period on a political, cultural, and spiritual level. The texts reflect upon a broad range of topics, from commercial contacts between shoguns and Iberian governments to close readings of the cultural implications of images depicted in nanban art. This volume explores the interactions between these three discrete groups through historical research, and the technological, political, and theological influence the West had upon the East and vice versa.
Victoria Weston is associate professor of art at the College of Liberal Arts, University of Massachusetts Boston.