No. 3, Liu Heng: He Personally Tasted His Mother's Medicine, 1890

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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No. 3, Liu Heng: He Personally Tasted His Mother's Medicine, 1890 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
No. 3, Liu Heng: He Personally Tasted His Mother's Medicine, 1890

Series; Juxtaposed Pictures of Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety

Chikanobu's Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety - The Chinese scholar Guo Jujing wrote the book "The Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Devotion" during the Yuan Dynasty. Inspired by the loss of his own parents, he scoured history for examples of the most respectful and devoted children. Alluding to the famous stories of the twenty-four children and their extraordinary devotion to their parents and relatives, Chikanobu's series juxtaposes the paragon in the upper panel with a more modern equivalent below. The artist plays off the old stories, offering serious parallels as well as lighthearted and humorous contrasts in the modern versions.

No. 3, Liu Heng: He Personally Tasted His Mother's Medicine, 1890 - Attractive scene of a beauty spooning rice from a large container into a smaller lacquer bowl in preparation for a meal. She looks up over her shoulder with a smile, her intricately patterned purple kimono trailing onto the floor around her. Another woman kneels behind her, and a low table holds a platter of fish, with a bowl of food on a tray nearby. The scene above depicts Liu Heng, the Emperor Wen of Han (Kan Butei in Japanese), who was devoted to his mother during her lengthy illness. For three years, he nursed her faithfully, even tasting her medicine to ensure that it was prepared correctly. The elderly woman is shown seated beside a window at left, as the emperor and a servant arrive with her medicine and food. A nicely detailed design, with burnishing on the black lacquer bowls and the edge of the screen.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 13 1/4" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details.

No. 3, Liu Heng: He Personally Tasted His Mother's Medicine, 1890 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
No. 3, Liu Heng: He Personally Tasted His Mother's Medicine, 1890 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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