Speltz, Alexander / Styles of ornament: exhibited in designs, and arranged in historical order, with descriptive text.
The Japanese ornament, pp. -336
I THE JAPANESE ORNAMENT. espite the fact that Japanese art had its origin in China, it nevertheless represents a decided individuality peculiar to itself. This is due to the less strict manner in which they divided the work. The Japanese Ornamentation is not so conventional as the Chinese, for they directed their work more after nature than the latter. The characteristic expression of the ancient Chinese epochs was also further weakened by the fact that the Japanese did not hesitate to introduce other and newer elements into their work, much in the same fashion as once happened to the Doric in Greece by overloading its Ornament. While Chinese Art remains to-day at the same point where it stood thousands of years ago, the Japanese have always striven, especially in recent years, to perfect their products of their art The actor Tomedjuro in accordance with foreign models. Nakamura in the role of the The oldest Japanese art-epoch dates Kaishi. Painted by Tori-i-Kigount - from the Heroic Age, that is, from about I7~O (Brng). the year 960 before Christ to the year 278 after Christ, at which period the Daymios, together with their feudal Lords the Samurai, reigned over the country, until finally the whole empire became united under the Mikado. During the second epoch, from 278 to i io8 B. C., Buddhism made its appearance, and was constituted the State religion in 624 B. C., thus introducing Chinese and Indian influences. The power of the Mikado was considerably weakened by the Shogun (Imperial Chancellor) during
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