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Huang Xiang (Okyo) Fans his Father

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Huang Xiang (Okyo) Fans his Father, 1890
Ink on Paper
14 in. x 9 3/8 in. (35.56 cm x 23.81 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 98.4.22

Alternate Title: Nijushi ko mitate e- awase: No. 13, Okyo
Full Title: Juxtaposed Pictures of Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety: No. 13, Huang Xiang (Okyo) Fans his Father

Previously bound with accension numbers 98.4.1-98.4.43 in a book.

Signed: Yoshu Chikanobu. Carver: Hori Asa.

Color woodblock print.

Object Description
Huang Xiang (Okyo) was so devoted to his aged father that he lightly fanned him night and day throughout the summer. In the winter time, he would lay under the covers of his father's bed to warm the blankets before his father went to bed.

The woman in the main panel might be similarly dedicated, but the look on her face and the sash tied in front suggest that she is a prostitute cooling her client. Chikanobu parodies the original story by replacing the filial son with a prostitute, who also "warms" the bed.

Purchased in Japan by Professor Bruce Coates in 1998, with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures.

Hasegawa Hisaharu.

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