Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Kōkyō (黄香) from the series The Twenty-four Chinese Paragons of Filial Piety (Morokoshi nijūshi-kō - 唐土廾四孝)

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Dates: 1848,created
Dimensions: 13.5 in,9.5 in,Overall dimensions

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画 Seal: kiri

Related links: Kuniyoshi Project; British Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna; Freer/Sackler Galleries;

Physical description:

The book entitled The Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety was written by the Chinese scholar Guo Jujing during the Yuan Dynasty. His pen name was Yizi, and he is known in Japan as Kaku Kyokei. The book recounts the self-sacrificing behavior of twenty-four sons and daughters who go to extreme lengths to honor their parents, stepparents, grandparents, and in-laws. Many of the images in this series appear Western in style, rather than Japanese, and were probably copied from Italian prints. The prints in this edition appear to have been printed two per ōban sheet (about 9.5 x 13.5 inches) and folded to chuban pages (about 9.5 x 6.75 inches). The were once bound together in an album.

Japanese name: Kōkyō
Chinese name: Huang Hsiang

Kōkyō fanned his widowed father to cool him in the summer and warmed his father’s bed with his own body in the winter. Here Kōkyō is preparing his father’s bed.

Robinson: S60.13

[The above English-language information is all taken directly from the Kuniyoshi Project.]