19th Century Painting of Buddhist Hell

19TH C. BURMESE TEMPLE PAINTING

These paintings are hung as devotional objects on the walls of the temple to illustrate various aspects of Buddhist scripture or legend.  Painted on cotton, with a tempera-like paint, they are bright, vivid examples of Burmese folk artistry.  This one portrays Buddhist Hell, which is a concept that appears in certain sects and countries, and not in others.  These Burmese portrayals, like many of their folk tales, are usually quite grisly like this one.  47 x 35.  The picture portrays the condition accurately.  You just cannot get old ones like this any more, and the prices have skyrocketed. 

 

 

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