Group of Wu Song hitting a tiger, with his wife Pan Jinlian standing behind him, on a rectangular base with chamfered corners, incised on a ﬂat top with cross-hatch design, the ﬂat
sides moulded with branches of ﬂowers, covered in a white glaze.
3 15/16 inches, 9.9 cm high.
Kangxi, circa 1690.
- From the collection of Captain J. Meuldijk, The Netherlands.
- Purchased at Christie’s Amsterdam, circa 1990.
- Wu Song is a figure from the Water Margin story, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. A student of the martial arts he specialised in the use of a staf. One day on passing a tavern near Jingyang Ridge, he stopped for a break. The waiter explained to him that the wine sold at the tavern was so strong that customers would become drunk after having three bowls and would be unable to cross the ridge ahead, where there was a man-eating tiger. Wu Song drank 18 bowls of wine and left the tavern. He started to cross the ridge and saw another warning sign but did not turn back fearing he would be thought a coward. Upon coming across the tiger, he confronted it and his staf broke but under the stimulation of alcohol, he slayed the beast by pinning it to the ground and hitting its head with his bare fists. Wu Song made his name for this heroic deed and was ofered the post of chief constable in Yanggu County