An Dōsen, nicknamed "Divine Physician," Ō Teiroku, nicknamed "Living Goddess of Lighting," Kō Hōtan, nicknamed "Purple Bearded Count" and Kin Daiken, nicknamed "Jade Armed Craftsman"

 
Artist
Creation date
Period
Edo
Materials
woodblock printed book illustration
Mark Descriptions
Book title (Ehon Suyikoden) and page number (25 on fold)
Dimensions
Pages trimmed and pasted together: 8 13/16 x 4 15/16 in. (left sheet) 8 13/16 x 6 3/16 in. (right sheet, includes binding margin) 7 3/16 x 9 3/4 in. (stitched image)
Credit line
Gift of Mrs. Kate Kiser Klein
Accession number
72.47.116
Collection
Not Currently On View
An Dōsen (Ān Dàoquán; here holding his ears as he bends backwards) acted as medical doctor for the Liangshan Marsh outlaws. After the outlaws were granted amnesty, he became an imperial physician. Ō Teiroku (Wáng Dìngliù; left arm outstretched) is likened to the female goddess of lightning for his fast walking speed. Kō Hōtan (Huáng Fǔduān; doubled over, hands covering ears, and left leg raised) was an excellent veterinarian who cared for the animals and horses of the outlaws. After amnesty he served the Song emperor as imperial veterinarian. His nickname refers to his description as being “weird-looking,” and maybe non-Han Chinese. And lastly, Kin Daiken (Jīn Dàjiān; covering his eyes) was an excellent sculptor who could carve all kinds of stone tablets, jade works, and seals.
Mrs. Kate Kiser Klein; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1972.
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