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Complete set of 28 yao mein religious alter paintings
$1,999 Complete set of 28.

Yao Mien altar paintings are religious, not decorative. Each has a ritual function and is considered the abode of the gods. During the one to two months it takes to complete a set of paintings, the artist must work in an atmosphere of religious devotion and ceremonial purity. When the work is finished, the painter himself ‘opens the eyes’ of each character according to the Chinese custom for consecrating Taoist icons. The Mien Taoist tradition goes further and also requires a priest to perform a ceremony that introduces the gods to the paintings. Priests then display the set of paintings in a certain order to play a part in ceremonies. At other times, they are rolled and stored up in a box hanging near the domestic altar. When a set of paintings is judged worn out, the owner may decide to replace it. A priest will then perform a ceremony in which he politely invites the gods to depart from the paintings and “go visit somewhere else”. It is these de-consecrated paintings which are usually sold. These paintings were painted by a respectful priest “Lee Huan Hsin”, who lives in Yunnan State, Hong Hoe city, Niew Jeang Tung Village. The paintings were painted on bamboo paper, with small touches of applied gold leaf and a fine bamboo rod at the top and bottom.


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