CONTENTS:- I. Early Stone Works: Uses and Forms; II. Decorative Stone Sculptures; III. Stone Lanterns; IV. Stone Pagoda; V. Stone Engravings and Bas-reliefs; VI. Stone Images of Buddha and of His Manifestations; VII. Centres of Magaibutsu in Oita; VIII. Biku, Bikuni, Rakan in Stone; Select Bibliography; Map of Kyushu Island; Japanese Buddhist Art: A Chronology.
Japan's iconographical material covers Buddhism Shintoism and a few other smaller sects in that country. Yet, Buddhist iconography sculptural and in painting constitutes by far the greatest in number and varity. In that, however, sculptural art occupies the most part. Further, again, wood sculpture in that land of wood-yielding vegitation, forms the greater measure of iconography material. In fact. Japan is not so far so fortunate in the avilability of stone that can stand fine chiselling or carving, as China and India. With this background it is but reasonably justified that specialistic study of stone sculpture in iconos and other subjects is undertaken and brought to the notice of scholars and the lay public.