University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 21574M
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
Boys
Length: 17.5cm
Width: 13.4cm

Description

This painting illustrates one of many games played in Korea during the 1800s. Three boys in traditional Korean attire can be seen playing noon-ssa-mae-gi or blind man’s buff (눈싸매기). The boy on the right who is blindfolded is suel-lae (술래), the blind man or the “it” person. 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.54, plate XIView 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.54, plate XIView Objects cited in this Publication

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