|hiyu setsuwa-zu 譬喩説話図|
|KEY WORD : art history / paintings|
| A narrative painting or a relief of a story,
called Avadana in Sanskrit which relates stories of Buddha's disciples and
their followers in their present and former lives. The term Avadana was
translated piyu (Jp: hiyu 譬喩), meaning metaphor. However, in Chinese
sutras Avadana stories are not always metaphorical. Several examples were
found in India, Java and Central Asia, but not in mainland China or in Japan.
The best example is the handscroll painting Roudosha hensou 牢度叉変相 (late
8c), Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.
|*bukkyou setsuwa-zu 仏教説話図|
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