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Replica or Original:
Not a Replica
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Son: 5.5" x 4" x 7.5"
Mother: 4.5" x 4.5" x 10.5"
A Shiwan Ceramic statue depicting Zhu Shou Chang and his mother.
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Donated by the Fok Ying Tung Foundation
Searching for Mother features two sculptures that portray an interaction between Zhu Shouchang and his mother. Zhu Shouchang lived during the Song Dynasty. His commendable story lives on through the text The Twenty-four Filial Exemplars by Guo Jujing.
Growing up, Zhu Shouchang's father was a civil servant and his mother a concubine. Zhu's mother remarried while she was pregnant. Eventually, Zhu joined his father in the military when he was young, separating him from his mother for about fifty years.
In his later years, Zhu gave up his official title in order to devote himself to locating his mother. After many difficulties, he finally found her. Zhu brought his mother and his other brothers back to his home, where he looked after their needs and took care of them. Therefore, Zhu Shouchang became famous for his great final piety. The sculptures showcase the details that accentuate his mother's age and captures Zhu's remorse as he pleads beneath his long-lost mother.
These Shiwan cermics feature a crackle glaze. This glazing technique is achieved by applying two layers of glaze. The inside layer expands in the kiln more quickly, thus " cracking" the outside layer, giving Searching for Mother a unique and textured aesthetic.