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 the Zhao Xiao, one of the stories of the twenty-four paragons of filial piety:
Zhao Xiao lived during the Han dynasty at a time when the whole country was suffering great disorder from rebellions. People were starving and ate each other to survive. One day starving bandits kidnapped Zhao's younger brother. Zhao tied himself up and went to swap places with his younger brother, claiming that his brother was thin whereas he was fatter. The kidnappers were deeply moved by Zhao's action and set both brothers free.
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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