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Title

Marshal Deng (Deng Yuanshuai)

circa 1850s


Artist

Yao people

China


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Tang Yun-suei


Place where the work was made

Yunnan Province China


Cultural origin

Mian


Date

circa 1850s


Media category

Painting


Materials used

pigment on paper


Dimensions

123.8 x 51.7 cm


Credit

Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2006


Accession number

267.2006


Artist information

Yao people

Works in the collection

8


Place

Where the work was made
Yunnan Province

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Walking with gods, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Jun 2019–12 Jan 2020


Provenance


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.