Chinese Jin Dynasty Filial Piety Pottery Tile - Liu Mingda (AD 1115 - 1234)
This pottery tile was made during the Jin Dynasty (AD 1115 - 1234). It depicts a scene from the story of the Liu Mingda, one of the stories of the twenty-four paragons of filial piety:
Liu Mingda was from a very poor family. he had to sell his own son in order to support his parents. His filial piety moved the deities in heaven. They helped him get through the hardships. The date and origin of this story is unclear and is similar to the play "Guo Ju Burying His Son".
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 17.5 x 15 cm (6.75 x 6 inches). There is surface wear, chips to the edges, a loss to the bottom left, but there is no repair or restoration.
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