Dr. Ive Covaci, Adjunct Professor of Art History at Fairfield University, will discuss icons of devotional worship from medieval to early modern Japan. In addition to worship at temples, private daily devotion plays an important role in many forms of Buddhism. Looking specifically at devotional icons in worship of the Buddha Amida, Covaci will consider: What kinds of objects were used in personal devotion, and how did devotees view and interact with these miniature icons? What is the relationship between small statues for personal worship and their larger counterparts in a temple setting?
This lecture will be followed by a docent-led tour of Art of East Asia which displays several small, devotional icons enclosed in portable shrines. This is the second lecture of the 2014 Friday Morning Lecture & Tour Series, taking place from September to May, on the third Friday of each month.