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Japanese Fans (interactive)

Screenshot of Japanese Fans Interactive

Screenshot of Japanese Fans Interactive


Twenty of the painted Japanese fans on this pair of folding screens in the exhibition, In the Moment illustrate stories from the Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety. The stories are classic tales about the self-sacrificing behavior of Chinese children who demonstrate the Confucian virtue of filial piety—showing respect, obedience, and care for parents, elderly family members, and ancestors. These paintings demonstrate how Japanese artists often reinterpreted Chinese subjects and painting techniques. Select a fan to zoom-in on the details and read the stories.

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