Ph.D. Candidate in Japanese Art History
Daniel Borengasser received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis (2008) and an MA in Art History from the University of Oregon (2014). He specializes in Buddhist art and architecture of Japan's early medieval period, 10th-13th centuries. His dissertation focuses on the architecture and sculptural ensemble of the temple hall Sanjūsangendō in Kyoto, a monumental thirty-three bay long hall containing 1,000 life-sized gilt wood images of the eleven-headed, thousand-armed bodhisattva Senju Kannon. His research approaches the hall (completed in 1164 and rebuilt following a fire in 1249) from multiple perspectives, seeking to situate it within the contexts of architectural and urban history, the development of large-scale mass-produced sculpture, regional power politics, and broader trans-regional interpretations of the multiple in East Asian Buddhist art.