Marshal Wang

Unidentified artist

Not on view

Marshal Wang, one of the fierce guardian deities of Daoism, is charged with protecting Daoist temples. Like many popular Daoist deities, Wang was originally a human who was posthumously deified and revered as a god. Here, he rides a flaming wheel, vanquishing the evil serpent spirits in the river below. The gold inscription at upper right indicates that this painting was commissioned by an imperial concubine at the court of the Ming emperor Jiajing, a generous patron of Daoism.

Marshal Wang, Unidentified artist  , 16th century, Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, China

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