Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


American Academy of Asian Studies

First Advisor

Not Mentioned


A few words with regard to certain aspects of the terms religious art and secular art seem appropriate to a proper statement of the problem to be investigated in this thesis. In recent years Western students of art have real177ized that many instances exist which may not be classified easily in either category. Peter Fingesten, a student of the arts, has suggested that the term sacred art might beat be reserved for icons, paintings, reliquaries, and all implements of ritual and worship. Art objects in this category are produced according to hieratic code and symbolism. On the other hand, there is an impressive array of materials with a religious orientation, though not intended for shrine or altar. To this class of more freely creative art, Hr. Pingesten would affix the expression religious art. What then remains untainted by religious significance would be called secular art.





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