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Title

Ceremonial painting - Shengzhu (Master of the Saints)

circa 1850s


Artist

Yao people

China


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Nyut Hung


Place where the work was made

Yunnan Province China


Cultural origin

Mian


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

275.2006


Artist information

Yao people

Works in the collection

9


Place

Where the work was made
Yunnan Province