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Large Chinese Jin Dynasty Filial Piety Tile - Lu Ji
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Large Chinese Jin Dynasty Filial Piety Tile - Lu Ji


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pottery: Pre 1492: Item # 1260292

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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 story of the Lu Ji, one of the stories of the twenty-four paragons of filial piety:  

Lu Ji came from an aristocratic family in the Eastern Han dynasty. Ever since he was a child he understood the moral values of loyalty, righteousness and filial piety. His father took him to visit Yuan Shu in Jiujiang when he was six. As a guest, Lu was offered red oranges by master Yuan. Lu took some and held them to his chest, but the oranges fell out when he bowed to say goodbye. Yuan laughed at Lu and asked how a dignified guest could steal oranges. Lu answered, explaining that he wanted to save the oranges for his mother to have a taste. Upon hearing this, Yuan predicted that Lu would grow up into an outstanding man.

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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