A glass vase about a foot high is preserved at Nara in Japan, and is alleged to have been placed there in the 8th century.
The oldest existiog work of this period is a mural decoration in the hail of the temple of Horyu-ji, Nara, attributed to a Korean priest named Donchfl, who lived in Japan in the 6th century; and this painting, in spite of the destructive effects of time and exposure, shows traces of the same power of line, color and composition that stamps the best of the later examples of Buddhist art.
The first historical period of glyptic art in Japan reaches from the end of the 6th to the end of the 12th century, culminating in, the work of the great Nara sculptors, Unkei and Period, his pupil Kwaikei.
Happily, there are still preserved in the great temples of Japan, chiefly in the ancient capital of Nara, many noble relics of this period.
The place of honor may perhaps be conferred upon sculptures in wood, representing the Indian Buddhists, Asangha and Vasabandhu, preserved in the Golden Hall of Kofuku-ji, Nara.
With these may be named the demon lantern-bearers, so perfect in the grotesque treatment of the diabolical heads and the accurate anatomical forms of the sturdy body and limbs; the colossal temple guardians of the great gate of Tdai-ji, by Unkei and Kwaikei (11th century), somewhat conventionalized, but still bearing evidence of direct study from nature, and inspired with intense energy of action; and the smaller but more accurately modelled temple guardians in the Saikondo, Nara, which almost compare with the fighting gladiator in their realization of menacing strength.
The goddess of art of Akishino-dera, Nara, attributed to the 8th century, is the most graceful and least conventional of female sculptures in Japan, but infinitely remote from the feminine conception of the Greeks.
The sculptures attributed to Jocho, the founder of the Nara school, although powerful in pose and masterly in execution, lack the truth of observation seen in some of the earlier and later masterpieces.
The most perfect of the ancient bronzes is the great image of Bhaicha-djyaguru in the temple of Yakushi-ji, Nara, attributed to a Korean monk of the 7th century, named Giflgi.
The colossal Nara Daibutsu (Vairocana) at Tdai-ji, cast in 749 by a workman of Korean descent, is the largest of the great bronzes in Japan, but ranks far below the Yakushi-ji image in artistic qualities.
The great Nara school of sculpture in wood was founded in the early part of the 11th century by a sculptor of Imperial descent named JOchO, who is said to have modelled his style upon that of the Chinese wood-carvers of the Tang dynasty; his traditions were maintained by descendants and followers down to the beginning of the 13th century.
Gold and silver had been applied to the adornment of helmets and breastplates from the 7th century, but it was in the 12th century that the decoration reached the high degree of elaboration shown us in the armour of the Japanese Bayard, Yoshitsune, which is still preserved at Kasuga, Nara.
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its masters as skilled now as they were in the days of the Got, the Nara, the Yokoya and the Yanagawa celebrities, but also their productions must be called greater in many respects and more interesting than those of their renowned predecessors.
The great image of Lochana Buddha at Nara, for example, would measure 138 ft.
Thus, for the Nara Dai-butsu, the mould was constructed in a series of steps ascending 12 in.
In the 8th century, however, when the court was moved to Nara, the influence of Chinese civilization made itself felt.
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An indefinable man-lion (nara sinha) represents the fourth avatar of the Indian Vishnu, and is found also among the Tibetans.
The National Archives (NARA) has searchable databases on its website.
While not in database form, NARA also has a digital copy of the Dawes Rolls for Native American research.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has searchable databases of land bounties and pensions for the Revolution.
The NARA site may be challenging to navigate, but the information is free.
For information on Union soldiers, NARA has searchable databases and records.
NARA also maintains microfilms of Confederate and Union service records.
You may browse these at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. or in any of the NARA regional archives.
NARA maintains a list of links for state Confederate pension applications.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the custodian of many of the historical war records.
NARA has extensive information on both Union and Confederate service.
Union pension applications are kept by NARA and are searchable on its website.
The National Archives or NARA has all passengers lists after 1820 available for all ports of entry.
The NARA also has some rare earlier ship records.
When visiting the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for genealogy research, you should also take the time to view the priceless documents of American history.
The Rotunda of the Charters of Freedom is one of the highlights of the NARA facility in Washington.
The William G.McGowan Theater is a great way to start the visit to NARA.
This theater presents film and hosts lectures on the establishment of NARA.
For a genealogist, NARA represents the ultimate research experience.
NARA has computers for visitors to access the NARA subscriptions to Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest, and Footnote for free.
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is a gold mine for any family tree researcher.
Almost all genealogists will find something of interest at NARA.
The holdings at NARA are massive, with over nine billion pages of documents, over seven million maps and 20 million photographs.
NARA is the official repository for all of the U.S. censuses available to the public.
NARA will release the 1940 census in April of 2012.
All released censuses are available at NARA on microfilm.
NARA has the armed forces service records for the United States dating back to the Revolutionary War.
Older records, such as those for the Civil War, are kept at NARA in Washington, D.C.The U.S. National Archives has other military information besides service records.
NARA has a multitude of documents of use to the researcher of African American roots.
NARA's files of immigration and naturalization records span many areas and ethnicities.
The largest group of immigrants documented at NARA are the over 600,000 who arrived at New York during the Irish Potato Famine.
These records are found at the NARA regional archives which cover the location of the Federal Court.
There are many more records to search at NARA, covering a variety of topics.
The National Archives and Records Administrations (NARA) is the official repository for several types of historical veteran information.
For Civil War pensions, NARA has pension applications for Union veterans only.
NARA has the records of claims for 1755-1855.
NARA maintains the draft and enlistment records for World War I and World War II.
Over 24 million registrations cards are maintained by NARA.
World War II enlistment and draft records are also maintained by NARA.
The records for service before 1912 are maintained by NARA.
Records after 1912, which include service records associated with World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War, are held at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), part of NARA, in St. Louis, Missouri.
The sources listed above are the main sources of military records at NARA.
Most of the military records from NARA may be requested online through the NARA website.
NARA also maintains several online databases, such as the World War II Army enlistment database.
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