A Fine Buddhist Painting, Chijang Posal,Ten Kings and Attendants:
Korea, Choson Period, 19th Century.
Unframed panel, multi-color on hemp, 165cm x 119.5cm (65” x 47”),
it is in very fine condition, removed from an old frame.
*** About this painting; This painting would have originally been hung behind the statue
of Chijan Posal and the Ten Kings in the Myungbu-jun, “ Hall of the Underworld” ar
Chijang-jun, “Hall of Chijang”. In the center Chijang Posal is seated, accompanied by
his retinue in much smaller figures. This painting depicts the most complex type of iconography
of Chijang and the Ten Kings painting od Jeoson period. In Buddhism the function of Chijang
Posal is the compassionate Savior of the beings of Yukdo and he is the supreme Lord of the
Underworld. The cult of Chijang and the Ten Kings was popular during Koryo period among
the commoners and became even more popular Jeoson period.