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AIA Lecture, Slide Show and Discussion of Tang Dynasty Buddhist Reliquaries in China
Friday, May 20, 2011 - 7:30pm

 

Event: AIA lecture, slide show by Professor Akiko Walley, University of Oregon
Date and Time of Event: Friday, May 20th, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Location: School of Business Auditorium (Room 190)
Portland State University
Contact: Prof. Karen Carr
Department of History
Portland State University Tel: 503 459-1707
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Email: carrk@pdx.edu
A SLIDE SHOW AND DISCUSSION OF TANG DYNASTY BUDDHIST RELIQUARIES IN CHINA

 

Professor Akiko Walley from the University of Oregon will present a lecture to the Portland
Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. The lecture is entitled “Presence of the
Living Buddha: Corpses, Bones, and Tang Dynasty "Coffin-Style" Buddhist Reliquaries”.
Professor Walley is the Maude I. Kerns Assistant Professor of Asian Art at the University of
Oregon. She specializes in Japanese Buddhist art and archaeology of the seventh and eighth
centuries and is interested in the function of art and visual culture in the development and
spread of ideas within a community. Professor Walley is currently working on a book on the
construction and reception of a controversial seventh-century Sakyamuni triad in Hôryûji, Nara
prefecture, Japan. She is also pursuing two projects connected to coterie arts of the 18th and
19th centuries: one on the concept of the “true view” in 19th century literati paintings, focusing on
Tani Bunchô (1763-1840) and his social circle, and one on kyôka (“madcap verse”) poetry circles
and the production of surimono woodblock prints.
Professor Walley’s lecture is at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 20th, 2011 in the auditorium of the School
of Business at Portland State University. All AIA lectures are free and open to the public; the
media are welcome to attend as well. If you are interested in interviewing Professor Walley,
please contact the numbers given above.
The lecture and slide show is the third of six events of this academic year sponsored by the
Portland Society of the Archaeological Institute of America; the others are posted at http://
www.history.pdx.edu/AIA.htm