Beyond the Silk: A Comparative Analysis of Female Imagery Based on the Torige Ritsujo No Byobu (鳥毛立女屏風) (78777)

Session Information: Literature/Literary Studies
Session Chair: Yi-Chin Shih

Monday, 27 May 2024 11:55
Session: Session 2
Room: Room C (Live-Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This paper presents an in-depth comparative analysis of female representations in Chinese and Japanese paintings, centering on the iconic "Torige Ritsujo no Byobu" screen from Japan's Shosoin repository. The study delves into the portrayal of women in art during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), a period marked by significant cultural and artistic exchange between China and Japan. The research employs a multidisciplinary approach, combining art historical methodologies with cultural/historical analysis, to examine the evolution of female imagery in early Chinese tomb murals and Japanese screen paintings. It identifies a distinct transition in portraying women - from divine and mythological figures to more humanized, aristocratic characters. This shift is not merely artistic but reflects more profound societal changes and gender perceptions within the respective cultures. The paper further explores how these representations in tomb art and screen paintings signify women's changing roles and statuses, highlighting their journey from peripheral figures in narratives to protagonists in visual storytelling. The study also delves into the intricate details of the screen, such as the use of color, composition, and symbolism, to unravel the complexities of female representation in this era. By examining these aspects, the paper contributes to a deeper understanding of early Chinese and Japanese societies' artistic, cultural, and social dynamics and how they are intricately woven into the fabric of their art history.

Jinglin Li, Arizona State University, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Jinglin Li is a University Doctoral Student at Arizona State University in United States

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