Lords of the Cemetery
Lords of the Cemetery

Lords of the Cemetery

Mongolian (Mongolian)
19th century
Pigments and gold on sized cloth
Work : 4 3/4 x 4 in. (12.07 x 10.16 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
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Legend says that the Lords of the Cemetery began their existence as two ascetics who went to a cemetery to meditate on death. While in the cemetery, they encountered a band of grave robbers who murdered them and left their bodies lying beside the desecrated graves. The spirits of the slain ascetics vowed to remain in the cemetery to protect other innocent people from the same fate, and thus the Lords of the Cemetery were born. The reverse side of this painting is inscribed with a three-syllable consecration mantra.


Object Type
Academic Themes
Death and Dying