Ivory statue of the deity Shen Nung, Japan, 1871-1900
Shen Nung is known within Chinese mythology as the ‘Divine Farmer’. He taught the ancient Chinese the practice of agriculture. He is also known as the Father of Chinese medicine. Shen Nung is credited with the discovery of hundreds of medicinal herbs. He is part-mythical figure and part-emperor. Shen Nung is thought to have ruled China about 5000 years ago. This statue of Shen Nung (also known as Shennong) depicts him seated on a goat with a rolled scroll in his hand. It is made from ivory with tortoiseshell and mother of pearl decorations. He is depicted as a ‘man of the earth’ with a leaf cloak and hat. The statue is signed Masahisa.
Related Themes and Topics
There are 438 related objects. View all related objects
Techniques and Technologies:
A sculpture in the round representing human or animal figures or small figure groups; a statuette is a smaller sculpture.
The preparation and medicinal dispensing of drugs.
Glossary: Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medical tradition originating in China, but now used worldwide. Treatments include herbal medicine, massage and acupuncture, which are combined to create a therapy tailored to the patient.