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The Forebears

This painting depicts the immediate human ancestors, seen as the couple beneath the roofed structure, who’s family commissioned this series of paintings. Other figures are the gods associated with the earthly life and the after life of the family. The Twelve Immortal Maidens beneath the two umbrellas are representations of the Twelve Stars, which govern the destinies of all humanity. They flank a stork (symbol of long life) and the character for Flower (symbol of numerous future offspring.) The central figure at the bottom of the painting may represent the judge who erases sins and their punishments.