funpon 粉本
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
1 A Tang dynasty term for rough sketches or underdrawings made with gesso powder *gofun 胡粉, retraced with ink. These sketches were often collected into notebooks and used by later artists for reference or study.

2 Generally, an artist's notes and sketches for a larger painting. Funpon include faithful reproductions of originals as well as rough copies in reduced sizes. Most funpon were produced in ink only *hakubyou 白描, but some include color or color notations. A good example in Buddhist art are *ZUZOUSHOU 図像抄 or collections of iconographic records compiled for the study of Esoteric Buddhism mikkyou 密教.


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