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Re: Bonhams Katchen Collection Part I on-line...

Postby tanukisan » Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:20 am

Neil are you referring to the puzzle of the mother and her 3 cubs?
How does the tiger get her cubs across the river? The puzzle has its origins in an ancient Chinese legend. It was believed that if a mother tiger gave birth to three cubs, one of those was always a leopard, or hyo. The tiger must carry her cubs one by one across a fast flowing river, but in making the crossing she must take great care not to leave the ferocious hyo alone with one of the weaker cubs.She is forced to take the hyo across the river 3 times so that the other 2 cubs remain unmolested.



Tigers Crossing a River by Maruyama Okyo, c. 1781–1782 © British Museum
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Re: Bonhams Katchen Collection Part I on-line...

Postby neilholton » Sat Nov 12, 2016 11:01 am

John, brilliant couldn't have put it better.

Knowing this story, puts the theme in perspective. The artist was tasked with expressing this theme.....from a slither of Ivory.....he or she done a marvellous job.

I say she, for me there was a feminine aspect to the piece, I found myself asking which of the Cubs is the tigress holding?

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Postby carlomagno » Sat Nov 12, 2016 12:59 pm

Well done Neil and Jhon, from the very beginning the tigresse and cub attracted to me the most, but now knowing the motif, the piece makes total sense to me, thank you both and Peter also for posting the piece in perspective when handling it. Endeed a great treasure.
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Postby jbjtennyo » Sat Nov 12, 2016 1:06 pm

Had never heard that story before so I thank you for telling it. I also LOVE the Gold Leaf screen- powerful and yet lovingly portrayed. Thanks for sharing it John
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Re: Bonhams Katchen Collection Part I on-line...

Postby onimh » Sat Nov 12, 2016 1:27 pm

Yes, thank you for the story.
It likely pre-dates the puzzle story of the chicken, fox, and sack of grain needing transport across the river (fox would eat the chicken, the chicken would eat the grain, if left alone).

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Re: Bonhams Katchen Collection Part I on-line...

Postby souldeep » Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:20 pm

peter wrote:Visiting V&A Museum I find this interesting painting.
Impossible??? :roll: Mr Martyn Jones with a new hair??? :lol:
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I was just searching for the Katchen thread and found this earlier one, had a read through, and seemed to have totally missed this :D :lol:

And I see you went out raving after the discovery of my image!

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Postby carlomagno » Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:09 pm

Never too late for a cup of humor :P :P :P :P :P :D :lust:
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