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Yoshu Chikanobu (aka Chikanobu), Japanese, (1838–1912)
24 Paragons of Filial Piety: Dong Yong, 1890
Woodblock Print on paper
9 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (23.5 x 36.2 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Woodblock Print
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchase by the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2020.1.18

Publisher Hasegawa Tsunejiro. To Ei (or Dong Yong in the Chinese tale) lost his mother as a child and lost his father soon after. When could not pay for his father's funeral, he sold himself as an indentured servant to a wealthy man in order to pay funeral fees. As To Ei traveled to his master's house, he encounter a beautiful woman on the road. The two were married and together began work weaving the 300 bolts of cloths required to To Ei's servitude. Though he estimated that the task would take at least three years, the young woman completed all 300 bolts in a month. As they took their steps of freedom, the woman revealed that she was the daughter of the Heavenly Emperor. She had been so moved by To Ei's filial piety that she came from heaven to help him. Since To Ei was once again a free man, she returned to Heaven.

Woodblock Print

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