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First and foremost, this project is a labor of love.

Today the field is rooted firmly in Asian language sources and is highly specialized, with most universities emphasizing cult-specific, site-specific, ritual-specific, and deity-specific studies.

And to be fair, this is not just a problem with museums in Japan.

At the online sites of major museums in America and Europe, it is likewise difficult to find what you want, even when you know the piece is in their collection.

While lavishly illustrated exhibition catalogs and glossy art magazines are much appreciated and easier to read, these publications tend to ignore the religious underpinnings of Asian art.

Instead of providing a broad historical view of the statue and its significance as a “living icon,” they tend to emphasize a piecemeal "bite-size" approach involving aesthetics, dating and provenance, technique, material, genre, and style.

Use the search box to search in English, Japanese, Chinese, or Korean for deities not listed at left.

Any mistakes or omissions at this site are my responsibility. In July 2006, I launched the online store Buddhist-Artwork.

Rosenfield, 2010), and Faith and Power in Japanese Buddhist Art from 1600 to 2005 (by Patricia Graham, 2007).