scroll painting (ritual & belief: representations)

Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper. Painting of Yama king and scenes of hell. This painting depicts one of the Ten Kings of Hell sitting on a chair with his head leaning towards an underworld official who holds a handscroll, watched by two attendants at the back, one of whom holds a wrapped parcel, the other a vase containing lotus blossom. On the right are two assisting judges, one holding a scroll, the other writing. A kneeling couple, the man holding a knife are expecting their judgement, a man holding a bamboo staff is standing next to them. Depicted below the railing are several judgement scenes (From left to right, top to bottom): 1. Two demons are pulling the hair of a kneeling, half-naked couple. 2. A couple are dumped into the Chamber of Grinding to be ground into powder, while three demons turn the grinder. The couple are punished for wasting food. 3. A demon is pulling the tongue of a woman, who is punished for gossiping and stirring up trouble. 4. A demon is beating two kneeling couples with a spiked club, as they were cold-blooded murderers.

Depicted below the railing are several judgement scenes. One shows demons pulling the hair of a kneeling, half-naked couple. In the second scene, a couple are dumped into the Chamber of Grinding to be ground into powder, while three demons turn the grinder. The couple are punished for wasting food. The third scene shows a demon pulling the tongue of a woman, who is being punished for gossiping and stirring up trouble. The fourth scene shows a demon beating two kneeling couples with a spiked club, because they are cold-blooded murderers.

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