Ceramic figure of Shen Nung, China, 1800-1920

Made:
1800-1920 in China
maker:
Unknown

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Pottery figure of Shennong, China, 1800-1920. Three quarter front view. White background.
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Pottery figure of Shennong (Divine Farmer), China, 1800-1920

A pottery figure of Shennong, the Divine Farmer, mythical founder of herbal Chinese Medicine. Thousands of years ago he reputedly tasted different herbs to find out if they had an effect on humans. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the taste of a plant gives clues about which part of the body it is good for.

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Category:
Oriental Medicine
Object Number:
A642960
Materials:
clay (unfired), complete, paint, pottery (object genre)
type:
statue
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • sculpture
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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