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The Exalted Emperors and The Gods of the Five Directions, from a Buddhist land and water ritual set: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This scroll bears an inscription identifying the figures in the painting as "the exalted emperors Tu Fu (god of the earth), Chih-tsun, Chiu-lei, and the Gods of the Five Directions." The chief figures are all dressed in formal court robes and hats descending from heaven with perfect Confucian decorum.

The Water and Land Ritual pantheon was supposed to encompass all the gods, deities, natural spirits, local gods, and spirits of deceased human beings. Though a Buddhist ritual, paragons of Confucian virtue as well as Taoist deities were integrated into paintings used in this ritual.

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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: March 10, 2009