Zeng Shen, an important disciple of Confucius, is often credited with compiling the list of the Twenty-Four Paragons of Filial Piety. Among these tales of devoted children, he included his own story. One day, while he was gathering firewood in the hills, he felt a strange urge to return home at once. When he arrived, he found that his elderly mother required his presence and had bitten her finger in frustration at not being able to call him. Telepathically, her need had been communicated to her dutiful son. Yoshitoshi depicts the loyal Zeng Shen gathering wood, head lifted from his task as he feels his mother’s call. In the distance, his home is nestled into the landscape beneath the moonlight.