Performing the Visual
The Practice of Buddhist Wall Painting in China and Central Asia, 618-960
Sarah E. Fraser


Table of Contents for Performing the Visual

Table of Contents for Performing the Visual


Introduction.  The Sketch: Historical, Thematic, and Stylistic Issues


1.      The Economics of Buddhist Art:  Compensation and Organization


2.      The Cognitive Practices of the Wall Painter


3.      The Influence of the Dunhuang Sketches:  Fenben and Monochrome Drawing


4.      Banners and Ritual-Practice Diagrams:  Two Additional Types of Sketches


5.      Performance:  Orality and Visuality


6.      Sketching, Performance, and Spontaneity in Tang China



Appendix I: Ground Plans and Elevations of Fifteen Cave-temples with The Magic Competition, 862-980 C.E.


Appendix 2: Location of Common Compositions in Grottoes, 862-980 C.E.


Appendix 3:

            Table A: Measurements of The Magic Competition Murals and Sketches

            Table B: Measurements of Raudraksha and Sariputra in The Magic Competition

Table C: Height of Subsidiary Figures Depicted Near Raudraksha’s Dais in The Magic Competition


Appendix 4: Sets of Near-Identical Banners




Character List

General Index

Index of Paintings and Manuscripts Cited