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Sōshin (Ts'êng Shên) hurrying home to help his mother
  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Sōshin (Ts'êng Shên) hurrying home to help his mother, circa 1840, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Nijūshikō Chōji Kagami (Mirror for the Children of the Twenty-four Stories of Filial Piety)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 241.3 x 355.6 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 14 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.077

Outdoor scenes with a bridge and a brown building on either side. Ts'êng Shên carries a bundle of firewood across the beidge at center, hurrying home. His mother is in yellow in the bottom left corner, she has injured her finger. The foliage is green and the water and sky are blue. There are four people crossing the bridge. Buildings, bridge, and figures are all in Western style. Cartouche at upper right describes the story.