Yao Bible Painting
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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Paintings: Pre 1960: item # 1128953
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|This Yao painting of tribal ancestor spirits originally was part of a set of 27 scrolls that comprised a full Yao (Mien) Bible. (See photos and descriptions of a complete set archived on our website www.silkroad1.com by entering 57-33 in the search box.) This painting is one of two “orphan” bible pages we found that most likely were replaced in a bible with similar new paintings, which is sometimes done to refresh the set. Bible paintings that are replaced are “decommissioned” by a Yao priest who invites the spirits to depart from the pictures and “go visit somewhere else.” The probable reason for replacing this scroll is that the border shows wear. The painting itself, done on mulberry paper, is in good condition and could be framed. It originated in the Golden Triangle area of northern Laos, Thailand and Burma where many Yao groups settled after they migrated from southern China. Members of Yao villages are instantly recognizable by the distinctive red ruff and large black turban worn by Yao women. The two ancestor spirits in this painting, one on a horse and one riding a dragon, are included in every Yao Bible we have seen. (See photo enlargement #5 in our archived catalog entry 57-33-5. See another full bible pictured in “Peoples of the Golden Triangle,” by Paul and Elaine Lewis, Thames and Hudson, 1984, page 159, where the same two spirits appear on the second row from the bottom, third scroll from the left.) Dimensions: height 16” (40.7 cm), width 10” (25.5 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM|