The Vimalakirti Sutra is one of the classics of early Indian Mahayana Buddhism. The sutra narrates that Vimalakirti, an enlightened layman, once made it appear as if he were sick so that he could demonstrate the Law of Mahayana Buddhism to various figures coming to inquire about his illness. This dissertation studies representations of The Vimalakirti Sutra in Chinese painting from the fourth to the nineteenth centuries to explore how visualizations of the same text could vary in different periods of time in light of specific artistic, social and religious contexts.
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- Art History
- Asian studies
- Heavenly Maiden
- The Heavenly Maiden Scattering Flowers
- The Vimalakirti Sutra
- Literature in art
- Painting, Chinese
- Vimalakīrti (Buddhist character)--Art.
- Partial requirement for: Ph. D., Arizona State University, 2011Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-211)Note typebibliography
- English and ChineseNote typelanguage
- Field of study: Art history