Indicate her extravagant apparel and apparent concern

Info icon This preview shows pages 9–10. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
indicate her extravagant apparel and apparent concern for her appearance in court, yet the woman’s forearm can be seen through the transparent garments, which suggests the fashion of the courtly dress of women. The linear style of subtle lines makes the figures more realistic since the absence of bold black lines provides the transition between colors with ease of sight. She has a slender body and sliding shoulders, which indicates the use of the elongated style. Unlike earlier representations of the woman in court, this piece conveys the image of femininity with moon faces and plump bodies, which suggests a shift in the ideal image of the courtly female figure. The scale of her body when compared to the woman figure to the right is greatly exaggerated, indicating her high rank in the court. The woman on the right is scaled smaller than the central figure, signifying her lower status as a servant to the higher woman. The fan she holds and the absence of the flowers in her hair further implies her lower rank when compared to the central figure. Although she does not have an elegant appearance like the other woman, the servant is still depicted with a moon face, plump body, and flowing drapery with “ink washed” color, which suggests that her image serves a dual purpose: she is a representation of femininity accompanying the central figure, but is also a representation of rank that compliments the higher status of the central figure with her lower status. [227] Vairocana and Attendants , Limestone, Fengxian Cave at Longmen. Tang dynasty, 675 CE This is the Buddha Vairocana with Attendants of the Tang Dynasty, which is made from limestone. This Buddha has similar Indian Gupta style influences present, such as the halo in the background in low relief against the walls of the cave, the ushinisha, downcast eyes, the yogi posture on the throne, long earlobes, lightly cut-in lines of the drapery, and accompanying bodhisattvas (as represented by their headdress and jewelry. However, there are apparent Chinese styles that are evident in the representation of this Buddha: the chubby and round face, the elongated earlobes, rounded nose, smiling expression, and the accompanying guards (as symbolized by the armor) and monks (as represented by their bald
Image of page 9

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
head and simply robes). The lines of his robe cover his shoulders but are geometrically represented, which suggests the Gupta parallels when representing the Buddha. The Five Dynasties Period (907-960) Northern Song Period (960-1126) Southern Song Period (1127 1279) [457] attributed to Gu Hongzhong (act. 943-960) , A Night Revels of Han Xizai , handscroll, ink and color on silk. Song Dynasty (Five Dynasties Period) This is an ink and color on silk in a handscroll entitled A Night Revels of Han Xizai (attributed to Gu Hongzhong) of the Song dynasty (Five Dynasties Period). Since this piece is illustrated in a scroll, this was used as a medium to define the social values of entertainment in Chinese Song society, presumably the higher ends. This was a traditional
Image of page 10
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern