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A pair of Daoist painting  for use in âJiaoâ rituals.

A pair of Daoist painting for use in “Jiao” rituals.

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A pair of Daoist votive paintings done with ink and colors on heavy canvas. This pair depict the overseeing gods and messenger spirits reporting to and from heaven on the activities of mankind. Paintings of this kind are part of larger sets used in the performance of large-scale communal rituals (jiao), and may consist of more than thirty individual renderings. As such they are similar in both execution and function to the well-known Shuilu paintings of Chinese Buddhism, i.e. those used in the ritual for the salvation of those who have died violent deaths in water and on land. This type of paintings are from Northern China, probably from Shanxi province. Stylistically and iconographically they accord with paintings from the Ming dynasty. Both feature donor inscriptions set in cartouches at the bottom of both paintings. Qing, early 19th cent., Jiaqing or early Daoguang. Full size: H 127 cm, W 82 cm. Picture frame: H 102 cm, B 59 cm. Condition: Some wear (esp. to outer frame), but otherwise quite good and sharp.