Meng Zong, from the series Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety. Artist: Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725-1770); Period: Edo period (1615-1868); Date:

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Meng Zong, from the series Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety. Artist: Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725-1770); Period: Edo period (1615-1868); Date:
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Meng Zong, from the series Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety. Artist: Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725-1770); Period: Edo period (1615-1868); Date: ca. 1765; Culture: Japan; Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper; Dimensions: H. 11 1/8 in. (28.3 cm); W. 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm); Classification: Prints; Credit Line: The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936 / Harunobu treated a popular paragon theme with great innovation here, applying the playfully subversive spirit of ukiyo-e to the story of Meng Zong (J.: Moso), a boy whose filial piety prompted heaven to cause the sprouting of spring bamboo shoots in the dead of winter for his ill mother. The story is incorporated in a New Year´s calendar print of bijin, or beautiful women. Combining a popular subject with the associations of a holiday, he made the virtuous theme entertaining to a general Edo audience.; Signature: None

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