Tan Weng Sim #Zhong Kui - The King of Ghosts

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Title: Zhong Kui The King of Ghosts

Media: Chinese ink on rice paper

Size: 171cm x 111cm

Year: 2019

Artist: Tan Weng Sim

Tan Weng Sim #Zhong Kui — The King of Ghosts


Vanquisher of demons, Zhong Kui 钟馗 plays an important role as a mythological guardian figure. It is popular in Chinese art from as early as the Tang dynasty. According to legend, he is himself a ghost who died by suicide after he was unjustly dishonoured by the emperor. This wrong was later righted, and Zhong Kui was deified as the king of ghosts and demon queller.

To begin with, Zhong Kui was born in the Zhongnan Mountain area in the early Tang Dynasty. Although he was was intelligent and loyal, Zhong Kui was not much to look at. He was a large man with a square face, saucer-like eyes, a huge mouth and curly whiskers.

As a young man, Zhong Kui traveled to Chang’an (modern day Xi’an) with his friend Du Ping to sit the imperial civil service exam. Zhong Kui received the highest score on the exam, earning him the rank of Zhuang Yuan, which guaranteed fame and fortune. However, the imperial ministers feared Zhang Kui’s hideous appearance would bring shame to the empire. Therefore they stripped him of his title. Zhong Kui was devastated and committed suicide by bashing his head on the palace steps over and over. His friend Du Ping buried him.

According to the legend, Zhong Kui went to the underworld where he came before King Yama, the king of hell. King Yama recognised Zhong Kui’s potential and named him “King of Ghosts”, charging him to hunt and capture evil spirits.

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Styles: Realism, Calligraphy
Format: Portrait
Technique: Hand painted
Size: 171cm x 111cm
Motif: Figurative, Cultural, People, Portrait, Spiritual
All Products: Painting
Color: Red, White
Signature: With Signature
Material: Mixed Media
Number of Elements:: One-piece


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