soui shussui  曹衣出水
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Ch: caoyiqushui; also souibyou 曹衣描. Lit. wet-clothing drawing. A style of figure painting in which clothing appears to be wet, clinging to the human form. So called because the clothing of the Buddhist statues from Sogdiana (Jp: Soukoku 曹国), an area of Central Asia, appeared to be sticking to the bodies of the figures as if they had just come out of water. The Chinese painter Cao Buxing (Jp; Sou Fukou 曹不興: active during the 3c in the Three Kingdoms period) is said to have painted in this manner as is the Chinese painter from Sogdiana, Cao Zhongda (Jp: Sou Chuutatsu 曹仲達; The technique is one of the 18 types of figural portrayal *jinbutsu juuhachibyou 人物十八描.


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