Pictorial Versions of the Mulian Story in East Asia (Tenth–Seventeenth Centuries): On the Connections of Religious Painting and Storytelling

@article{Berezkin2015PictorialVO,
  title={Pictorial Versions of the Mulian Story in East Asia (Tenth–Seventeenth Centuries): On the Connections of Religious Painting and Storytelling},
  author={Rostislav Berezkin},
  journal={Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences},
  year={2015},
  volume={8},
  pages={95-120}
}
  • Rostislav Berezkin
  • Published 21 February 2015
  • Art
  • Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences
In this paper, I analyze pictorial representations of the Buddhist story of Mulian rescuing his mother in China, Japan, and Korea in the pre-modern and early modern periods. I have collected several pictorial versions of the Mulian story in these countries, and comparison shows close proximity of several such works. All of them are related to the narrative texts that represent elaboration of the originally scriptural story (it originated in the apocryphal Buddhist scripture that circulated in… 
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