The Four Professions

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 (渔耕樵读)

By Ang Yik Han

The set of fisherman, farmer, woodcutter and scholar is a standard theme in Chinese decorative motifs. They depict the idyllic lifestyle of officials after retirement in ancient China, free from court intrigues and other worldly cares.

Fisherman depicted on Ong Sam Leong's tomb (photo: Claire Leow)

 

Farmer depicted on Ong Sam Leong's tomb (photo: Claire Leow)

 

Woodcutter depicted on Ong Sam Leong's tomb (photo: Claire Leow)

 

Scholar depicted on Ong Sam Leong's tomb (photo: Claire Leow)

 

Ong Sam Leong’s tomb is the largest at Bukit Brown and has many interesting aesthetic and cultural aspects.

 

Found on the front panel on the altar of the Earth deity for Ong Sam Leong’s tomb is this intricate carving of a Chinese fable. The legend of “Zhao Yan pleads for Longevity” (赵颜求寿) is mentioned in the “Romance of the Three Kingdoms,” an epic in the Chinese literary canon. View the details and read the explanation here.

Find the tomb in Group  12 on the map.

 

 

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