• #DAO-01 A Massive Size Daoist Painting with A Chained Lion and A Military Guardian

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    This exceptional huge painting with vivid detail might have been one hung at a monastery or a temple, giving the length of time it would take for the work to be completed with its incredible detail. The lion is practically painted in such precision with hair to hair and the proportion of the lion for the painting speaks the theme of the portrayed image. The military guard (武將) blowing out an immortal through a con shell represents the invitation for a higher elite while calming and taming the lion. The lion is chained to a lighted pagoda tower(明燈), preventing the light from being stolen or destroyed. This painting is very impressive when standing in front of it to look at it. This painting comes with a signature and seal of Ding-Yun-Peng (丁雲鵬, 1547-1628) 。Ding-Yun-Peng is the most famous artist during the 16th century for painting religious figures. Although this painting clearly is an old one, its signature still needs to be authenticated. Nevertheless, it is a work of high art in portrait and religious painting. Religious painting was at peak during the Tang and the Song period. It was considered among the highest art forms. It declined during the late Ming Dynasty because of the rise of the intellectual taste. Few quality works of such category are available today. This painting and all others in Shen's collection were painted with organic color pigments made of ground mineral, precious stones, and vegetation.

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    This interesting small to medium size antique religious painting consists of two figures. The female figure riding on a white elephant is Pu-Xian Bodhisattva in Chinese Buddhism (普賢菩薩, Samantabhadra or Vishvabhadra), one of the four Bodhisattva in Buddhism, who resides by the right side of the Buddha with Wen-Shu Bodhisattva (文殊菩薩, Manjusri)being on the left. Together they perform Buddha's teaching. Pu-Xian Bodhisattva was also later transformed to be a Daoist figure in Daoism. At the bottom is an immortal riding on a large flying phoenix with beautiful bright colors. A phoenix being present represents a peaceful and thriving time. In mythology, phoenix was said to have gathered incense wood and flew to a temple where she hit herself to a shrine and burnt to death, and later re-birthed. It is normally considered an auspicious bird in Chinese culture and refers to female. In Daoism, the red phoenix represents the South. The name of the immortal here is unknown. This painting is painted with beautiful and delicate colors made from organic color pigments derived from vegetation and minerals.

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