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"

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

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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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Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾北斎 (Japanese, 1760-1849)
creation date
1829 (Bunsei 12)
woodblock printed book illustration
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)
mark descriptions
Inscribed, book title: Ehon Suyikoden
Inscribed on fold, page number: 25
accession number
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Kate Kiser Klein
Public Domain
Asian Art

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