University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 21574R
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Korea
Maker: Chun-gŭn Kim
Period: Joseon Dynasty
Date Made: 1886
Early Date: 1886
Late Date: 1886
Length: 17.5cm
Width: 13.3cm


This painting illustrates one of many games played in Korea during the 1800s. Three boys in traditional Korean attire can be seen playing paeng-ee-dol-li-gi or Korean top spinning (팽이돌리기). While the boys in the red and the purple are whipping their tops, the boy in the green watches on. Paeng-ee-dol-li-gi (팽이돌리기) was a winter game that was played by whipping the top with a whip on the frozen ground, as shown in the image. The hats that two of the boys are wearing were typical winter hats. 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. 24, plate VIView 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. 24, plate VIView Objects cited in this Publication

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