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 Meng Zong, one of the stories of the twenty-four paragons of filial piety:
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.
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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