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The Zoomorphic Imagination in Chinese Art and Culture$
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Jerome Silbergeld and Eugene Y. Wang

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824846763

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824846763.001.0001

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The Didactic Use of Animal Images in Southern Song Buddhism: The Case of Mount Baoding in Dazu, Sichuan

The Didactic Use of Animal Images in Southern Song Buddhism: The Case of Mount Baoding in Dazu, Sichuan

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(p.137) Chapter 4 The Didactic Use of Animal Images in Southern Song Buddhism: The Case of Mount Baoding in Dazu, Sichuan
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The Zoomorphic Imagination in Chinese Art and Culture
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Henrik H. Sørensen

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824846763.003.0005

This presentation revolves around the sculptural art of Southern Song Buddhism at Mt. Baoding in Dazu, Sichuan. Among the many sculptural groups imaged, both actual renditions of animals and divinities with animal attributes occur in great numbers. As such animals and animal themes are fully integrated into the overall sculptural program at the site. A number of these sculptural groups reveal an increased sensitivity for animals and pastoral sceneries that is new to Buddhist sculptural art of the Southern Song. Here it is expressed in a stylized form of naturalism.

Keywords:   Chinese Buddhist art, Elemental spirits, Mt. Baoding, Dazu, anthropomorphic imagination, Zhao Zhifeng

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