Rachel Quist

PhD Candidate
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Rachel Quist specializes in East Asian Buddhist imagery with focuses in pre-modern Japan and China. Her research centers on questions of interaction with imagery, materiality and object agency, and the accessibility of image-based practices. She has written on topics such as Buddhist reliquary design and expressivity, the didactic project underlying the hell tableau at Baodingshan, and the construction of a collective memory surrounding the Shingon monk Kōbō Daishi at the temple complex of Mount Kōya. Rachel is currently conducting research on early imperial patronage of Daigoji, a Shingon temple in Kyoto, for her dissertation.​


Fields of Study

Japanese Buddhist sculpture, Nara through Kamakura

Chinese Buddhist sculpture, Tang through Song

Japanese prints, Edo through the present


M.A. - University of Kansas

B.A. - University of Texas, Austin

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