Album of Daoist and Buddhist Themes: Search the Mountain: Leaf 43


Album of Daoist and Buddhist Themes: Search the Mountain: Leaf 43


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Album, ink on paper

Sheet: 34.1 x 38.5 cm (13 7/16 x 15 3/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund in honor of Dr. Ju-hsi Chou and Gift of various donors to the department of Asian Art (by exchange) 2004.1.43



This leaf and the one nearby belongs to a group of sketches with the theme “Clearing the Mountains” (soushan tu). The textual basis has long been lost; only the paintings survive. Here, fearsome divine soldiers fight against evil spirits depicted as animals and human-like creatures in mountains and forests.

At the lower left, a soldier attacks a ram. To the right, two soldiers attempt to subdue a tiger. Three soldiers (one wielding a sword) emerge from an opening in the cliffs.

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