Chinese Jin Dynasty Filial Piety Pottery Tile - Meng Zong (AD 1115 - 1234)
This pottery tile was made during the Jin Dynasty (AD 1115 - 1234). It depicts a scene from the story of Meng Zong, one of the stories of the twenty-four paragons of filial piety and features the kneeling figure of Meng Zong in a bamboo grove.
Meng Zong lived during the Three Kingdoms period. His old mother had been very ill and one winter she wanted to eat bamboo shoots. As it was impossible to obtain them, Meng wandered into the bamboo forest and wept. His filial piety moved heaven and earth, and bamboo shoots miraculously emerged from a crack in the ground. Meng carried them home and cooked up a delicious soup for his mother, who ate it and recovered completely from her illness.
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. It measures 18.25 x 15 cm (7 x 6 inches). There is surface wear and chips to the edges but there is no repair or restoration.
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