University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 21574K
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Korean
Provenience: Korea
Pusan
Choryang
Maker: Chun-gŭn Kim
Period: Joseon Dynasty
Date Made: 1886
Early Date: 1886
Late Date: 1886
Section:Asian
Materials:Paper
Pigment
Technique:Watercolor
Iconography:Game
Men
Card
Length: 18.1cm
Width: 12.5cm

Description

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.


Bibliography:

[Book] Culin, R. S. 1958. Games of the Orient. : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 126, plate XXIIView Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Culin, R. S. 1895. Korean Games, with Notes on the Corresponding Games of China and Japan. : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 126, plate XXIIView Objects cited in this Publication

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