Monks / Priests
Incense Burner, $65
Location: Kamakura (Japan) & Wanda, Minnesota (USA)
Owner & Creator: Mark Schumacher (see below)
Contact Info: Click here for full details
OVERVIEW. Buddhist-Artwork.com was founded in July 2006. We specialize in hand-carved wooden statues made for the Japanese market, and to a lesser degree we handle handcrafted Buddhist artwork from China and Southeast Asia. Our online store features charming and delicately carved Buddhist statuary, amulets, glassware, and antiques -- most are closely aligned to Japanese iconographic traditions. Our sister site, Onmarkproductions.com, is now in its 13th year, and features an online photo dictionary with 2,000+ photos covering hundreds of Japanese deities, gods, goddesses, demons, and creatures from Japan's Buddhist & Shinto pantheon.
A-to-Z Photo Dictionary of Japan's
Buddhist Deities & Buddhist Sculpture
Over 1,000 Photos, Hundreds of Deities
Online since 1995, this site is widely referenced by universities, museums, galleries, art historians, Buddhist practitioners, and lay people from around the world. The site's main focus is Japanese Buddhist sculpture. Says site creator, Mark Schumacher:
"The A-to-Z photo library and dictionary is a labor of love. After moving to Kamakura in 1993, I became intrigued by the many deities and faces of Japanese Buddhism and Shintoism. There are dozens of temples and shrines near my home, many dating from the 8th to 13th centuries, many open to the public. There are now 2,000+ photos in this library, ranging from the treasures of Kamakura to those of Nara, Kyoto, and elsewhere in Japan. The site is updated quite frequently. It also includes the writings of other Buddhist scholars and art lovers -- people with the same passion as myself for Japanese Buddhist statuary and religious studies."
Mark Schumacher is a longtime Japan resident based both in Kamakura (Japan) and in Minnesota (US). He works out of his homes as a writer, editor, PC consultant, web designer, and translator (J-E) for major Japanese and foreign entities. He holds a BA in Asian Studies (Hamline University), and an MA in Japanese Studies (Johns Hopkins University). He is trained in both the Japanese and Chinese languages. Born in Minnesota (USA). Resume here.
His A-to-Z Photo Dictionary of Buddhist Deities (see above) continues to fill a gap for art historians, art lovers, and many others. The site's growing success as a research tool is the primary reason he decided to launch Buddhist-Artwork.com. This helps in two ways. First, it helps to defray the climbing cost of running and maintaining the popular Photo Dictionary. Second, it brings the wonderful world of Buddhist statuary to many site viewers, art lovers, and those who don't read Asian languages.
Buddhist-Artwork.com and OnmarkProductions.com are not associated with any educational institution, private corporation, governmental agency, or religious group. Mark is a single individual, working at his own pace, limited by his own inadequacies. No one is looking over his shoulder, so Mark must accept full responsibility for any and all inaccuracies or omissions at both sites. If you discover any, Please Contact Mark.
This site is a tribute to Japanese Buddhist sculpture and, to a lesser degree, Shinto art. I wish to express my gratitude and thanks to all the fine people, temples and shrines, museums, web sites, books, magazines, and other resources that have contributed to this ongoing project. Two people in particular deserve special thanks.
- Dr. Mary Neighbour Parent and Her
Japanese Architecture & Art Net Users System (JAANUS)
In my mind, this is the best online textual database available, compiled by the late Dr. Mary Neighbour Parent. It covers both Buddhist and Shinto deities in great detail. Over 8,000 entries. Written in English, yet presenting all key terms in Japanese.
- Dr. Gabi Greve and Her Daruma Museum
A longtime Japan resident, originally from Germany, Gabi-san is an unparalleled multi-lingual researcher, a prolific writer, and an inspiration. She has created and written hundreds of web pages devoted to Daruma, Buddhist topics, Haiku (poetry), and Shinto lore. She maintains many sites.
As a webmaster, it has been my great privilege to work with many of the finest people and institutions devoted to Japanese folk crafts, pottery, sake, and tea. Below are some sites I have designed and maintained over the years.