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Painting Type: Gold Ground

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Gold ground paintings follow an early tradition where compositions are applied directly onto Chinese gold silk without any prepared ground. Gold ground paintings depict the same subjects as those rendered on the un-grounded silk cloth. Gold ground is commonly used for images of the Buddha who is said to 'shine like a mountain of gold.' Gold silk and painted gold ground developed independent of Tantric theory and are the result of the creativity of the artist, available materials, along with the patronage of wealthy donors.

Jeff Watt 2-2008