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Dragon Bridge Scroll of the Mien or Yao People

 Collection — Box: CLX-A-1596
Identifier: Coll-1977

Content Description

This is a Taoist Dragon Scroll of the Yao People (or the Iu Mien People, a sub-set of the Yao people) of Southern China, Thailand, Laos and North Vietnam. The Scroll Painting serves as a Bridge that connects this world with the supernatural worlds. From the left are two acolytes and two banner bearers welcoming the procession, and the inscription in Chinese “Welcome to the Emperor”, or in this case Honoured Guest or Friend. Peasant organisations such as “Heaven and Earth Committees” would use it to welcome the leader of their alliance and honorable guests. At the head are a pair of mace bearing demons, Tai Wei on a White Horse leads the procession, which includes twelve immortal Maidens, ten Sword Brandishing Celestial Worthies with the rear brought up by an Elephant commanded by another Sword Brandishing Worthy.

Dates

  • late Qing (c 1900)

Language of Materials

Chinese

Condition Description

343 x 25 cm. Painted on cloth, mounted on paper sheets, the inscription at the beginning is a little worn and rubbed, preserved on a solander case.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.

Extent

1 scroll (in custom box) ; 343 x 25 cm.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in June 2019. Accession no SC-Acc-2020-0025.

Condition Description

343 x 25 cm. Painted on cloth, mounted on paper sheets, the inscription at the beginning is a little worn and rubbed, preserved on a solander case.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin in July 2020, using information from the seller.
Title
Dragon Bridge Scroll of the Mien or Yao People, c 1905
Description rules
Isad(G)2
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Centre for Research Collections
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