Ming and Qing painters of Buddhist subjects sought to mimic the style of the Tang dynasty artist Wu Daozi, considered a master of Buddhist mural paintings. Examples of Ming paintings executed in the tradition of Wu are discussed in Latter Days of the Law: Images of Chinese Buddhism 850-1850, Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas, 1995, pp. 55, 446. Followers also studied and adhered to Wu's Eight Classes of Supernatural Beings (Tian Long Ba Bu Zhen Ji), whose classification included 'celestial beings, musical demigods, and mythical bird-gods,' ibid., p. 445.
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