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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1979.406
Title
One of the Ten Kings of Hell
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
hanging scroll, painting
Date
15th - 16th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Ming dynasty, 1368-1644
Culture
Chinese
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Hanging scroll; ink and colors on silk
Dimensions
painting proper: H. 140.2 × W. 94.5 cm (55 3/16 × 37 3/16 in.)
overall mounting, including roller ends and suspension cord: H. 245.5 × W. 122.8 cm (96 5/8 × 48 3/8 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Donald Rabiner and Claudia Brown in memory of Viola Seideman
Accession Year
1979
Object Number
1979.406
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions

Label Text: Buddhist Art: The Later Tradition (1993) , written 1993
In this painting, the king and his assistants are examining scrolls that detail the good and bad deeds of the deceased. In the lower right, virtuous men and women bear an image of the Buddha and rolled sutras while crossing the bejeweled bridge that symbolizes the path to the other world. At the left, a demon weighs a scroll enumerating the details of an individual’s life, symbolic of the balancing of good and evil deeds.

Exhibition History

Chinese Painting and Decorative Arts from the Permanent Collection, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/17/1991 - 01/26/1992

32Q: 2740 Buddhist II, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/29/2017 - 05/31/2018

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