Shennong originally from prehistoric China, introduced to Japan as a Shinto god called Shinno. As the legendary dedication to the people, he got poisoned by herbs 70 times a day through his poison tasting for teaching the difference of food and poison. Transparent body except horned head and arms and legs, seen the innards to detect poison from the outside. (turning black color if poisoned) Skillful black inking on paper, with signs of ‘Shinno’ and ‘Sonobeshi’, in aged condition with expected damages. Edo-Meiji period, 19th century, Japan.
approx. 86 x 38cm (33.85 x 14.96in)