No. 6, Lady Tang: Never Tired of Feeding Her Mother-in-law Milk, 1890

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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No. 6, Lady Tang: Never Tired of Feeding Her Mother-in-law Milk, 1890 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
No. 6, Lady Tang: Never Tired of Feeding Her Mother-in-law Milk, 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. 6, Lady Tang: Never Tired of Feeding Her Mother-in-law Milk, 1890 - Attractive design of a young mother offering her breast to her infant child, who crawls towards her eagerly with his hand outstretched. At left, two goldfish float in a glass container, the verandah overlooking stepping stones leading into the garden. The scene parallels the paragon above, where Lady Tang (Saishi in Japanese) suckles her father's great grandmother, who had no teeth and was unable to eat even soft food. In both images, a young girl watches the women's willingness to care and provide for their families, learning a valuable lesson. Includes burnishing on the black obi.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9 1/4"

Condition - Excellent color and detail. Backed with paper.

No. 6, Lady Tang: Never Tired of Feeding Her Mother-in-law Milk, 1890 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
No. 6, Lady Tang: Never Tired of Feeding Her Mother-in-law Milk, 1890 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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