Chinese Jin Dynasty Filial Piety Pottery Tile (AD 1115 - 1234) - Yang Xiang
This 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 relatively highly-fired grey pottery. It measures 16 x 17.5 cm (6.25 x 6.75 inches). There is surface wear and chips to the edges but there is no repair or restoration.
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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