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Abstract

Reading of histories of world art written by Western scholars struck by the cursory treating accorded the art of East-Asia in general and of Japan in particular. It indicates how little is generally known of Asian art in the West and how little its value is appreciated. Particularly the Buddhism Art was totally neglected. The approach of these scholars reflects either a failure of scholarship or sheer Eurocentrism. In terms of expressions form, the basic stylistic progression of Japanese art shows a remarkable correspondence to the pattern of development identified by Western art historians in the past. In the following I would like to survey that development briefly. 1. Archaism; The Art of the Asuka Period (7th Century), 2. Classicism; Hakuho and Tempyo Periods (Late7th and 8th Century), 3. Manierism; Heian period (9th to 11th centuries), 4. Baroque: Late Heian and Kamakura (Mid-12th to mid-14th Cemtury)