|KEY WORD : art history / paintings|
| Painting on silk. In ancient China, before
paper-making was developed, silk or haku (also called so 繪)
was used for paintings and calligraphy (called hakusho 帛書). Generally,
the subjects of these paintings were Buddhist, depicting cosmology, mythological
tales and religious rituals. Many such paintings, dating from the Han Dynasty,
were discovered in the Ma Wang Dui (Jp: Ma Outai 馬王堆) tombs at Zhang-sha.
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