In traditional Chinese culture, fathers are often depicted as being strict and rigid.
As an old Chinese saying goes “Fathers should be blamed for their son’s fault”, Chinese sons tend to model themselves on their fathers.
In our Six Arts Museum collection, we can see images of traditional fathers carved on various items which is thought to be useful in instructing the next generations.
As a great father in Chinese history, Zhang Gongyi, born in 577, lived through four dynasties for 99 years and was known for being tolerant when managing his big family, in which nine generations lived under one roof. The story of his harmonious family has been passed down many generations.
Guo Ziyi, a famous politician and general in the Tang Dynasty, is best remembered for his military achievements as well as virtues. During his 70th birthday, a conflict between his son and daughter-in-law was solved thanks to his wisdom and then the whole family was immersed in jubilant celebrations.
These heroes or legendary figures highlighted the responsibilities of fathers for supporting their families.
It can be seen that, the fathers visiting the Six Arts Museum are ever more gentle and amiable.
Visiting fathers explain the stories behind the exhibits to their children and accompany them to join in DIY activities, showing great care and patience.
Just in time for Father’s Day, we wish all fathers a happy Father’s Day!