The Romans kept images of their
ancestors in the tablinum of
their homes. On solemn occasions they paraded the images or hired actors
who wore the death masks and imitated the ancestors in their highest held
offices. This statue of a senator holding busts of ancestors was from the
first century BCE. (Capitoline Museum, Rome).
Filial piety is the primal virtue for
Confucians, who tell many stories of filial sons for education. In this
episode, Laolai, an old man himself, pretends to be a child to amuse his
parents and make them forget the burden of old age. (Rubbing from the Wu
Liang shrine, Jiaxiang, Shandong, Latter Han).