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Fortune-increasing Gods of Wealth

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The painting juxtaposes the two seated gods of wealth: the red-faced Zhao Gongming, the martial god of wealth, who carries a gold ingot, while the white-faced is Bi Gan, the civil god of wealth (believed to be the prime minister of King Zhou), who holds a ruyi (a traditional Chinese ornament symbolizing good fortune). On the shrine stands a pair of scales balancing ingots. Two divine attendants are in the foreground, and to the rear of the gods of wealth is a treasure pot. This kind of paintings is used by merchants in Beijing to pray for wealth.


31 x20.5 cm

National Museum of History