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One Hundred Children at Play

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# Contents
Title One Hundred Children at Play
Date Late 19th century
Creator Unknown Korean artist
Format Ten-panel folding screen
Type Painting

This folding screen draws upon a tradition of depicting an abundance of children, especially boys, playing in luxurious palace-garden settings, a convention first developed by Chinese artists in the 900s. Since then, such images have appeared frequently on everything from paintings to porcelain vases and clothing, not only in China but in places like Korea and Japan that are within the sphere of Chinese cultural influence. They represented the hopes for the birth of children and for their successes. A screen like this one, which shows numerous boys engaged in the same types of playtime activities as those seen in Chinese paintings from hundreds of years before, might have been used as an optimistic backdrop for a New Year’s party or some other celebratory gathering.

Credit Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation
Source Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Accession Number 2015.79.458
Period Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)
Culture Korean
Geographic Origin Korea
Medium Ink and color on paper
35 1/2 × 11 3/4 in. (90.17 × 29.85 cm) (image, each image panel)
67 3/4 × 137 × 5/8 in. (172.09 × 347.98 × 1.59 cm) (outer frame)