Four Rare 18th Century Mongolian Buddhist Paintings of scenes depicting Hell
|Size||29cm x 6cm Each Panel|
These four finely painted gruesome panels of Mongolian Buddhist Paintings of depictions of Hell. Dating from the 18th Century.
The Tibetan scholar David Templeman describes these paintings ”
These rather gruesome paintings are usually claimed to depict the sufferings sentient beings might undergo in the hell realms as a result of their karmic actions on earth. However, these are not the classical hell torments depicted in the Wheel of Life illustrations, where there are sufferings based upon heat, cold, inability to eat and so on.
These seem to be a particularly Mongolian depiction of a special range of tortures (particularly the lower sheet, extreme right), which are unheard of in Tibetan depictions. However, scenes and tortures have been noted in the lower register of certain scroll paintings of Mongolia’s pre-eminent protector, Begtse, in which his entourage of red demons engages in somewhat similar harm to enemies of the Buddhist Dharma. ”
Published & Exhibited in the exhibition THE ART OF COMPASSION 2018 on page 103
Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Tibetan & Mongolia Art
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