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Marshal Deng (Deng Yuanshuai)

circa 1850s


Yao people


  • Details

    Other Title
    Tang Yun-suei
    Place where the work was made
    Yunnan Province China
    Cultural origin
    circa 1850s
    Media category
    Materials used
    pigment on paper
    123.8 x 51.7 cm
    Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2006
    South Building, lower level 1, Asian Lantern galleries
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Yao people

    Works in the collection


  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Yunnan Province

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

    • Walking with gods, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Jun 2019–05 Jan 2020

    • Elemental, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Jul 2022–2024

  • 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.

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