The Three Taoist Officials Making an Inspection Tour
Classified as National Treasure since 2011
This large-scale painting depicts the Taoist deities of heaven, earth, and water, who figure prominently in religious Taoism and in Taiwanese local culture. Full of diverse and intriguing details, the painting shows the deities inspecting their respective realms with over eighty followers. It is attributed to Ma Lin from the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), but the creation date is uncertain. It is unique for showing the deities on tour together in one picture. Venerated both as a work of art and a sacred image, its designation as a National Treasure is a testament to its unique artistic and religious significance.