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 story of Yang Xiang, one of the stories of the twenty-four paragons of filial piety:
Yang Xiang was a 14 year-old girl who lived during the Jin dynasty (265 - 420). She worked every day with her father in the field. One day, a vicious tiger attacked her father. Without thought of her own safety, Yang dashed unarmed to rescue her father. She held the tiger's neck tightly until it suffocated to death. Her father escaped with his life.
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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