The Four Professions1
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.
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.