Children at play

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Historical period(s)
Edo period, 17th century
Medium
Ink, color, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (.11): 40.9 x 200 cm (16 1/8 x 78 3/4 in) H x W (.12): 50.8 x 210.4 cm (20 x 82 13/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1973.11-12
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Screens (six-panel)

Keywords
child, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, playing, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Takashi Yanagi

Label

This small screen is one of a pair that originally depicted children enacting the annual cycle of events of the twelve lunar months. This screen begins with the celebration of the New Year in the first lunar month. Girls play the traditional game of battledore and shuttlecock while boys practice archery. Several other lighthearted childrens' games and competitions, such as kickball and tug-of-war played with pet dogs, are also illustrated. At far left, children participate in the procession of the Aoi Matsuri, the festival of the Kamo Shrines held in Kyoto each year on May 15. The Aoi festival is named for the wild ginger plant (futaba aoi) that decorates houses along the path of the procession. Said to have originated in the seventh century, the parade today features participants dressed in historical costumes of the nobility of the Heian period (794-1185).

Published References
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 53, p. 71.
  • Ann McClellan. The Cherry Blossom Festival. Boston. p. 70.
  • Nihon Ukiyo-e Kyokai. Nikuhitsu ukiyoe shusakuten. Exh. cat. Tokyo. cat. 5.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum