Aizhen Ni


The narrative paintings on ancient Chinese ceramics, especially that for civil use and export purpose, were distinct from palace paintings, literati paintings, and illustrations in novel and Chinese drama (xiqu) in four dimensions due to its material, function, production, circulation and consumption: 1) hybridity of daily necessity and the musical-cultural characteristics of image narrative, 2) hybridity of mass commodity, and the imitation and creation of image narrative, 3) folk character and vitality of image narrative, and 4) the “vertex” mode of narrative scenes. As image narrative is closely related to literature, an intertextually study with text documents and images on other media may not only complement textual research, but also cast insight into the spread and acceptance of the folk literature, as well as into the narrative traditions and cultural differences between China and the West.


ceramics, physical property, image narrative, musical culture, vitality

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