University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 21574Q
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:Board Game
Man
Woman
Length: 17.6cm
Width: 13.3cm

Description

This painting illustrates one of many games played in Korea during the 1800s. A woman and a man in traditional Korean attire can be seen playing ssang-ryuk or double sixes, Korean backgammon (썅륙). While the woman contemplates her next move with a game piece in her hand, the man watches on contemplating his next move. It is quite similar to the English game of Backgammon. 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.


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