Shi Shin, nicknamed "Nine Tattooed Dragons" and Chin Tatsu, nicknamed "Stream Leaping Tiger"

Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾北斎 (Japanese, 1760-1849)

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Chin Tatsu (Chén Dá; tied up) is described as being strong and impetuous with a loud, booming voice. Shi Shin (Shǐ Jìn) had been fascinated with martial arts since he was a child. His body is covered with flowery tattoos, and on his upper torso he sports nine dragon tattoos. When Chin Tatsu led his band to pillage the countryside near Shi Shin’s hometown, he was captured by the latter. But impressed by the loyalty and brotherhood of the outlaws and then falsely accused of colluding with them by a government informer, Shi Shin ended up having to flee, and he joined the bandits. After receiving amnesty from the emperor, both men died fighting the Liao army, which invaded northern China.

George C. Calvert; given to the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, in 1947.

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Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾北斎 (Japanese, 1760-1849)
creation date
1829 (Bunsei 12)
woodblock printed book illustration
7 3/16 x 4 7/8 in.
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credit line
Gift of George C. Calvert
Public Domain
Asian Art

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