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.
pigment on paper
130.0 x 52.9 cm
Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2006
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Walking with gods, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Jun 2019–05 Jan 2020
John Yu, 1980s-2006, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, the nine Yao ceremonial paintings donated by Dr John Yu were purchased from different locations including Xian in Shaanxi province of China, Bangkok, Shanghai and Hong Kong.