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Dashun (Taishun)
Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety (Nijushiko)
奥村政信筆 『二十四孝』 「 大舜」
Historical Period: Edo period (1615-1868)
Object Name: Woodblock print (urushi-e)
Materials: Ink with hand-applied color on paper
Dimensions: H. 12 1/2 in x W. 6 1/4 in, H. 31.7 cm x W. 15.9 cm (hosōban)
Credit Line: Gift of the Grabhorn Ukiyo-e Collection
Department: Japanese Art
Collection: Prints And Drawings
Object Number: 2005.100.11
On Display: No

Description

Label:

The series title Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety refers to a work said to have been composed by the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) Chinese scholar Guo Jujing. The subject of this print is a virtuous young man known as Dashun (or simply Shun), who never deviated from proper respect toward his family despite harsh treatment from his father, his cruel stepmother, and her jealous son. When scolded or beaten, he simply escaped outside, cultivating the family fields alone. Noting his filial devotion, creatures emerged from the nearby mountains to help: in spring, elephants came to plow the furrows, and in summer birds flocked to pull weeds. When the emperor heard this tale, he stepped in and guided the young man, until eventually Shun assumed the throne himself and became a virtuous ruler.

Wearing a Chinese costume with large floral roundels, Shun strikes the ground with a large mattock. Behind him two birds and a pair of kindly elephants help out with the fieldwork. The thatched roof above the field was embellished with brass filings that glitter when they catch the light. A cartouche running in a band across the bottom of the print identifies Okumura Masanobu as both artist and publisher.


More Information

Signature/Seal: Signature: 日本画工奥村政信正筆 Nihon gakō Okumura Masanobu shōhitsu

Collectors’ seals: Edwin Grabhorn; 白爾叟 Hakujisō or Berusō? (verso)
Marks: Publisher’s mark: 絵問屋通塩町奥村屋 Etoiya Tōrishiochō Okumuraya
Exhibition History: “The Printer’s Eye: Ukiyo-e from the Grabhorn Collection”, Asian Art Museum, 2/20/15-5/10/15
Label:

The series title Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety refers to a work said to have been composed by the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) Chinese scholar Guo Jujing. The subject of this print is a virtuous young man known as Dashun (or simply Shun), who never deviated from proper respect toward his family despite harsh treatment from his father, his cruel stepmother, and her jealous son. When scolded or beaten, he simply escaped outside, cultivating the family fields alone. Noting his filial devotion, creatures emerged from the nearby mountains to help: in spring, elephants came to plow the furrows, and in summer birds flocked to pull weeds. When the emperor heard this tale, he stepped in and guided the young man, until eventually Shun assumed the throne himself and became a virtuous ruler.

Wearing a Chinese costume with large floral roundels, Shun strikes the ground with a large mattock. Behind him two birds and a pair of kindly elephants help out with the fieldwork. The thatched roof above the field was embellished with brass filings that glitter when they catch the light. A cartouche running in a band across the bottom of the print identifies Okumura Masanobu as both artist and publisher.


Signature/Seal: Signature: 日本画工奥村政信正筆 Nihon gakō Okumura Masanobu shōhitsu

Collectors’ seals: Edwin Grabhorn; 白爾叟 Hakujisō or Berusō? (verso)
Marks: Publisher’s mark: 絵問屋通塩町奥村屋 Etoiya Tōrishiochō Okumuraya
Exhibition History: “The Printer’s Eye: Ukiyo-e from the Grabhorn Collection”, Asian Art Museum, 2/20/15-5/10/15