This painting illustrates one of many games played in Korea during the 1800s. Four men, in traditional Korean attire, are seated together doing do-yun or Korean card playing (두연). The man in the green shirt is hiding his cards behind his back, the man in the purple is passing his card to his right, and men in the blue and the red are holding cards in their hand, trying to figure out the next move. Some of the lead white paint has blackened over time. A title for the piece and an artist seal appear at the top right. There are 22 other watercolor paintings in the collection illustrating Korean games and rendered by the same artist, Gisan (기산) of Choryang, Korea.
[Book] Culin, R. S. 1958. Games of the Orient. : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 126, plate XXII
[Book] Culin, R. S. 1895. Korean Games, with Notes on the Corresponding Games of China and Japan.
: Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 126, plate XXII
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