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An image of Ceremonial painting - Deng Yuanshuai (Marshal Deng) by Yao people

Yao people

(China  – )

Ceremonial painting - Deng Yuanshuai (Marshal Deng)
Other titles:
Tang Yun-suei
Place of origin
Yunnan ProvinceChina
Cultural origin
circa 1850s
Media category
Materials used
pigment on paper

123.8 x 51.7 cm

Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2006
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Marshal Deng is one of the Marshals of the Daoist pantheon. The Marshals are guardians who protect and block the way of demons attempting to enter the sacred ritual area. Marshal Deng is always placed at either end of the set or at the entrance of a sacred space. He is most likely a Thunder God, hence is surrounded by lightening and has thunder wings. He has a green face, tusks for teeth, and often holds a short dagger and weapons. The two smaller figures below are also Marshals; on the left, Ma and on the right possibly Xin.

Reference: Jacques Lemoine, 'Yao Ceremonial Paintings', 1982.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2007.