Sadoyama Anken

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Sadoyama Anken, also known by his Chinese-style name Mao Changxi, was a Ryukyuan court painter. Named to that post at the age of 20, he is known for his ogoe (formal posthumous royal portrait) of King Shô Iku, and also for an 1843 painting of a rooster.

After the fall of the kingdom, Anken came to work for the industrial division of the Okinawa prefecture government, producing maps and technical drawings.[1]

In 1884, his grandson Sadoyama Anhô submitted a number of works to the Second National Painting Exposition.[1]


  • "The Beauty of the Ryukyu Kingdom," gallery labels, Shuri castle, Jan 2017.
  1. 1.0 1.1 Junko Kobayashi, "The Demise of Ryukyuan Painting," Okinawan Art in its Regional Context symposium, University of East Anglia, Norwich, 10 Oct 2019.