Painting showing the hooded figure of Kṣitigarbha seated on a lotus with the Good and Bad Boys by his sides. The Six Ways of Life are represented by wavy lines emerging from the Bodhisattva's nimbus. The monk Daoming, supposed author of the Sutra of the Ten Kings (Shiwang shengqi jing), is standing with his lion in front of him, and the Ten Kings of Hell kneel in two slanted lines. Of the ten, only Yama is distinguishable (by his mortarboard). Painted on a dark blue background, perhaps suggesting the netherworld, with gold leaf decoration. Ink and colours on silk.

An00000237 003 l

Thing

Made Of
silk
Type of Thing
繪畫, Chinese, painting
Exhibition History
Exhibited: 2016 – 2017, Germany,PROMISED
Subject
lotus, child, monk/nun, mammal, hell, bodhisattva
Techniques
painted

People

Depicted
Daoming, Yama-deva, Kṣitigarbha
Previous Owner
Ten Kings of Hell
Found, Excavated, Collected By
Stein, Marc Aurel

Place

About
Hell/Hades
Found In
Qian Fo Dong

Time

Acquired In
1919
Made
10thC
Period/Culture
Five Dynasties

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