Shinno has been worshiped as the god of agriculture and regarded as one of the three sovereigns appearing on a Chinese old tradition. It has been said he tasted various herbs to check the effects, and teach people agriculture and medical science. According to Chinese legendary tale, his body was so transparent that people could see the internal organs. When shinno ate an herb, if it was poisonous, the organs would become black, or particular organs would turn a different colour if it had a good effect. He dedicated to teach the effect of herbs by tasting it; one day got poisoned 70 times in a day. In Japan, during Edo period, particularly doctors and pharmacies would worship shinno as a deity. This painting was depicted on silk with ink and pigments. There are some marks and stains on the painting due to its age. The mounting shows enriched patina, but some heavy stains are visible.
Painting: 15 1/2” x 43 3/4” (39.3cm x 111.0cm）
Scroll: 20” x 75 7/8” (50.5cm x 192.5cm)