Buddhist painting is a religious art based on Buddhism. In a narrow sense, the painting refers to Jonsanghwa, or a painting intended to be housed and worshiped in places like the temple's courthouse, and in a broad sense it refers to all paintings with Buddhist purposes, such as various paintings intended for enlightenment or Dancheong to enshrine a temple. There are various forms of Buddhist painting such as mural painting, ceiling painting, folding screen painting, tangling and hardening. The folding screen was popular during the Joseon Dynasty. The material for folding screen was a cloth or paper, and silk, hemp, and ramie were used a lot as a base for the cloth.
‘Sun, moon and Five Peaks’ is a painting of five peaks in front of the moon and the sun. It was mostly painted as folding screens and placed on the back of the king’s seat of the Joseon Dynasty. It symbolized the authority and dignity of the king and wished for the dynasty to last forever. It is very majestic because the left and right are symmetrical with each other. It always stays behind the king and is buried with king when he dies. It is not a picture that exists alone in a folding screen, but only when the king is seated in front of it is finished.
‘Sun, moon and Five Peaks’ is a feud between six hanji pieces of paper and wishing for a long and healthy life. The traditional technique of Joseon Buddhist painting, in which dakbun, silver powder, and stone powder were used, was written.
Muslin, Gold powder, Silver powder, Stone powder, Hanji
3000 x 1500
No. 118 Intangible Cultural Property of Buddhist art (Bulhwajang)