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Title

Ceremonial painting - Taiwei (The High Constable)

1857


Artist

Yao people

China


About

Amongst the pantheon of deities, Taiwei is always represented riding a white horse, holding a sword in his right hand and a seal of authority in his left hand. He is one of the three deities postulants not yet fully ordained are permitted to worship before for ceremonies (the other two are Haifan and Hangsi). During his human life Taiwei and his horsemen were troublemakers; once accepted into the Daoist pantheon he became a deity and protector of the faith. Placed at the side of an altar, Taiwei prevents spirits entering and causing strife in sacred spaces.

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

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2007.


Details


Place where the work was made

Yunnan Province China


Cultural origin

Mian


Date

1857


Media category

Painting


Materials used

pigment on paper


Dimensions

119.2 x 49.4 cm


Credit

Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2006


Location

Not on display


Accession number

268.2006


Artist information

Yao people

Works in the collection

9


Place

Where the work was made
Yunnan Province