A museum in the U.S. has newly acquired a
rare Buddhist painting from the Goryeo Dynasty. The Cleveland Museum of Art said last week
that it bought the 14th century painting, called ‘The Fourth King of Hell,’ from an
art dealer in New York. It’s from a series of paintings depicting
the ten Buddhist kings of hell and was used for Buddhist rituals and sermons. It was painted on silk scrolls for use in
the private worship rooms of the elite. Only about 160 Buddhist paintings from the
Goryeo Dynasty are known to still exist.