Chinese Jin Dynasty Filial Piety Pottery Tile - Liu Mingda (AD 1115 - 1234)
This pottery tile was made during the Jin Dynasty (AD 1115 - 1234). It depicts a scene from the story of the Liu Mingda, one of the stories of the twenty-four paragons of filial piety:
Liu Mingda was from a very poor family. he had to sell his own son in order to support his parents. His filial piety moved the deities in heaven. They helped him get through the hardships. The date and origin of this story is unclear and is similar to the plat "Guo Ju Burying His Son".
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.
The tile is made from a relatively highly-fired grey pottery. At the top of the scene within the tile is a small plaque where it would appear are Chinese characters although they are too indistinct to be sure.
This tile is ready for display coming complete with a custom-made metal stand to which it is attached using two pins. The length of the tile (not including the stand) is 25.5 cm (10 inches), height 18 cm (7 inches). Condition is very good, with some chips to the edge, as should reasonably be expected.
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