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Large Chinese Jin Dynasty Filial Piety Tile - Cao E


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Large Chinese Jin Dynasty Filial Piety Pottery Tile (AD 1115 - 1234)

This large pottery tile was made during the Jin Dynasty (AD 1115 - 1234) and has been excavated from Shanxi province. It depicts a scene from the heartbreaking story of Cao E, one of the stories of the twenty-four paragons of filial piety:  

Cao E lived during the Eastern Han dynasty. When she was fourteen her father accidentally drowned in the river and his body was swept away by the waves. Cao was grief-stricken. She cried as she looked for his body along the riverbank, and she then threw herself into the river. Three days later, both her and her father's remains surfaced from the river. Cao's filial piety caused a sensation throughout the country, and the court approved the building of a temple and erection of a stele on the riverbank to commemorate Cao E. 

The tile is made from a grey pottery that has been "cold painted". It is square in shape with each side measuring approximately 34 cm (13.25 inches). Although there is surface wear, some of the original pigment still remains. Any repairs have been performed to a professional standard. It is available to view at our gallery.

We have taken this version of the story from the excellent Shanxi Museum / China Institute book, "Theater, Life and the Afterlife" (ISBN 978-7-03-032940-0) a book we highly recommend for anyone interested in Song, Jin, Yuan Dynasty pottery tiles.

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