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Mother Meng's Teaching - Tsukioka  Yoshitoshi prints

Mother Meng's Teaching

By Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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Mother Meng's Teaching - Tsukioka  Yoshitoshi print

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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Date: 1882

Medium: woodcut/woodblock/ukiyo-e, woodblock

Edition size: n/a

Sheet size: 22.3 by 26.9 cm

Condition: excellent

Signature: signed

Price: $650 (excl. taxes)


From the series "Brocade Pictures for Moral Education," signed oju Yoshitoshi ga, with artist's seal Taiso, published by Fukyusha, ca. 1882-84

chuban yoko-e 8 3/4 by 10 5/8 in., 22.3 by 26.9 cm

This print was likely issued as a supplement to a collaborative set of six volumes, Brocade Pictures for Moral Education, which illustrated moral fables by Yamana Tomezaburo based on history and legends. This scene relates to the Chinese story of Mother Meng, the mother of Meng Ke (known in the West as Mencius, ca. 371-289), who was famous as a role model for how she raised her son on her own after her husban died when Mencius was a toddler. In one episode, in response to her son's lack of enthusiasm and effort with his schooling, Mother Meng cut the fabric she had been weaving on her loom, comparing the severing of the fabric which was their livelihood with the severing of his education. Mencius now understood the importance of an education and applied himself dilegently henceforward.

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