Engraving of Hyonmu (tortoise and snake), one of the four gods. Image source. - See more at: http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-asia/ancient-complex-koguryo-tombs-north-korea-001726#sthash.YV631bsF.dpuf

Much of the art in Goguryeo, which used Chinese ink, included tomb art. This particular painting is of a tortise and a snake, other wise known as Hyonmu, one of the four gods.

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현무-강서대묘 사신도-북방(北方)의 신(神)을 말함. 동쪽의 청룡(靑龍), 서쪽의 백호(白虎), 남쪽의 주작(朱雀)과 함께 사신(四神)의 하나로, 거북과 뱀의 모양을 함. 또한 북쪽은 오행(五行) 중 수(水)에 해당하기 때문에, 수신(水神) 즉 물의 신이라고도 함.

[Goguryeo Kingdom (Late century)] Copied Painting from Mural: Blue Dragon · White Tiger · Red Phoenixes · Black Tortoise and Serpent

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