Great King of Water, Grass and HorsesArtist(s)ChineseArtist NationalityChinese (culture or style)Object Creation Date20th centuryMedium & Supportwoodblock print on paperDimensions
18 5/8 in x 14 15/16 in (47.3 cm x 38 cm);19 9/16 in x 15 13/16 in (49.7 cm x 40.2 cm);18 5/8 in x 14 15/16 in (47.3 cm x 38 cm)Credit LineGift of Willard A. and Marybelle B. HannaSubject matter
The center figure is known as Sanyan Lingguang (Luminous Official Three Eyes; "sanyan" means three-eyed). He has multiple identities, and is also known as the Jade Emperor. He is one of the deity marshals of Daoism, one of the Four Great Marshals. He is known as Numinous Official Marshal Ma on the on the Daoist side and Huaguang Bodhisattva on the Buddhist side. There are many different folktale stories of him since he plays more than one role in his own story. The men surrounding him are most likely his servants, and the scene in the foreground show people tending horses since "Ma" means horse. Physical Description
This print shows a center figure with three eyes and a red face. He is wearing a crown and sitting with a sword in hand. Four figures surround him, two on each side. They are dressed in robes and a headdress, each holding a different object such as a knife, staff, and plate. The foreground shows a smaller scene of farmers feeding horses.Primary Object Classification Print Primary Object Typecolor printCollection AreaAsianRights
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grass (plant material)