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An image of Ceremonial painting - Shengzhu (Master of the Saints) by Yao people

Yao people

(China  – )

Title
Ceremonial painting - Shengzhu (Master of the Saints)
Other titles:
Nyut Hung
Place of origin
Yunnan ProvinceChina
Cultural origin
Mian
Year
circa 1850s
Media category
Painting
Materials used
pigment on paper
Dimensions

121.5 x 50.7 cm

Credit
Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2006
Accession number
275.2006
Location
Not on display
Further information

Shengzhu is the alter ego of Yu Huang (the Jade Emperor). Yu Huang was the supreme deity of the universe. Yu Huang came to prominence during the Tang dynasty when Daoism absorbed some Indian Buddhist concepts into its beliefs. Both Shengzhu and Yu Huang wear an imperial cap and hold a gui ceremonial tablet, while they are distinguished by the colour of their robes - the former always wears yellow, the latter green. It is believed Yu Huang appointed Shengzhu the 'Heavenly Worthy and Perfect Lord'.

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

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2007.