A Study of Shengnong & Fuxi, Primordial Gods, Early 20th. Century Chinese Water Colour Pictures, a Pair
A pair of very rare finely painted old water colours of Shengnong on the left and Fuxi on the right - primordial gods of Ancient China.
The pair are hand painted on thick paper/card and not framed or signed.
Both figures sit on a rocky outcrop of blue and gray traditionally painted in the Chinese way.
Shengnong is portrayed wearing leaves whist Fuxi is resplendent in peacock feathers. Wonderful hues of greens and blues. A pair that we have not seen the likes of before!
First Quarter 20th. Century, possibly earlier.
Shengnong (神農), variously translated as "Divine Farmer" or "Divine Husbandman", was a mythological Chinese ruler who has become a venerated deity in Chinese and Vietnamese folk religion. He has at times been counted amongst the Three Sovereigns (also known as "Three Kings" or "Three Patrons"), a group of ancient deities or deified kings of prehistoric China. Shennong has been thought to have taught the ancient Chinese not only their practices of agriculture, but also the use of herbal drugs.
"Shengnong" can also be taken to refer to his people, the Shennong-shi.
Fuxi was known as the "original human", and he was said to have been born in the lower-middle reaches of the Yellow River in a place called Chengji (成纪) (possibly modern Lantian, Shaanxi province, or Tianshui, Gansu province).
After the creation of humanity, Fuxi also introduced many inventions to improve the lives of people. He taught humans how to catch a fish with their hands, so they’d have food to eat. However, the fish were the subjects of the Dragon King, the ruler of rivers and oceans—and he became furious when he knew that his subjects were being eaten.
There are various origin myths about Fuxi, and different tales narrate different stories.