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Juxtaposed Pictures of 24 Paragons of Filial Piety: No. 6, Lady Tang (To Fujin)

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Juxtaposed Pictures of 24 Paragons of Filial Piety: No. 6, Lady Tang (To Fujin), 1891
Ink on Paper
13 3/8 in. x 9 in. (34 cm x 22.8 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: 2004.1.22


Alternate Title: Nijushi ko mitate e- awase: Sosan

Marks
Text printed in the upper right, and lower left margin. Signed yoshu Chikanobu.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock on paper; oban tate-e.

Object Description
In the sixth print of this series, Chikanobu has inverted the filial piety narratives: Cui Nanshan’s young wife Lady Tang (To Fujin) willingly suckles her husband’s great grandmother, who has no teeth, but in the Japanese scene, a mother attracts her baby son to come nurse. The settings are similar with a porch open to the garden, and in both images a third person, a young girl, observes how her mother willing offers breast milk to those who need it. Thus the moral has changed from merely taking care of the elderly to caring for one’s entire family.

For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue.

See also: 2004.1.1

Provenance
Purchased by Prof. Bruce Coats in Kyoto, Japan, in March 2004.

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