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...
late Qing (c 1900)