Shu Baishin 朱買臣
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Ch: Zhu Maichen. A Chinese Han dynasty woodcutter so enamored with learning that he read as he carried bundles of firewood to market. He was born in Jiaxing 嘉興 and used the sobriquet azana 字 Wongzi (Jp: Oushi 翁子). Although his wife left him, tired of their poverty, emperor Wudi (Jp: *Kan Butei 漢武帝) learned of the woodcutter's knowledge and appointed him governor of Guiji 会稽, Zhejiang 浙江. In the Ming dynasty, paintings of reclusive scholars who later served the court were often painted in sets, and images of Zhu Maichen were paired with similar themes such as the oxherd Ningqi (Jp: Neiseki 寧戚). The best known paintings of Zhu in Japan are Oguri Soutan's 小栗宗湛 (1413-81) painting in Myoushinji Daishin-in 妙心寺大心院, and sliding screens *fusuma 襖 from Daitokuji Daisen-in 大徳寺大仙院 (ca 1513, now in Tokyo National Museum) attributed to Kanou Motonobu 狩野元信 (1476-1559). Zhu is sometimes confused with the other famous woodcutter Wangzhi (Jp: *Ou Shitsu 王質).


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