picture (ritual & belief: representations); scroll painting (ritual & belief: representations)

Polychrome scroll painting on paper depicting ''Buddhist Hell Scenes''. Enma, the King of Hell, presides in judgment at the top. At the top, sinners are forced to confront their deeds, in the top right in a mirror, and on the left a sinner is on the scales. Below this the miscreants are punished: in the centre the tongue of a liar is being torn out, and at the bottom sinners are thrown into the fiery pit. With two wooden suspension bars, and straps at the top. At various points there are banners with inscriptions indicating which department of hell is represented. Gold detailing.

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