About Imagery and Iconography


Imagery and Iconography examines the origins and development of deities found in the Japanese Esoteric Buddhist traditions, many of which have roots in Indian Buddhism and underwent iconographical transformations as they migrated through China and Korea to Japan.


About the author 


Michael Van Hartingsveldt is a Jr. Collections Management Technician at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where he specializes in East Asian art collections. He has delivered a five-part lecture series on “Deities in Japanese Art” at the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA), and is a guest curator with the JFLA and a research scholar at LACMA. Michael volunteers with various cultural institutions and endeavors to heighten the public’s understanding of Asian art. 


Imagery and Iconography is published monthly.

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Diamond-like Strength: The Propagation of Kongō-yasha Myōō Iconography
The fifth Wisdom King of the godai myōō
Uploaded 18 Oct 2018
With the Wrath of a Serpent: The Propagation of Gudari Myо̄о̄ Iconography
Manifestations of Kundali Vidyaraja in Japanese Buddhism
Uploaded 21 Sep 2018
Bull-headed Wrath: The Propagation of Daiitoku Myōō Iconography
An integral deity in esoteric Japanese Buddhism
Uploaded 24 Aug 2018
Trampling Across East Asia – The Propagation of Gozanze Myо̄о̄ Iconography
On the wrathful form of the tathagata
Uploaded 16 Jul 2018
The Propagation of Fudō Iconography in Japan
The wrathful manifestation of Vairocana in Esoteric Buddhism
Uploaded 10 May 2018
Origins of the Godai Myо̄о̄
Introducing a new column on iconography in Japanese Esoteric Buddhism
Uploaded 8 Mar 2018
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