Six-panel folding screen; ink, color, and gold on gilded paper
Image: 49 x 111 1/2 in. (124.5 x 283.2 cm)
Gift of Susan Dillon, 2004
Not on view
A sumptuous estate, including a bridge and pavilion over a lake, is set off by a shimmering gilded background and golden clouds and enlivened by cavorting children. The conventional motif of One Hundred Children has obvious auspicious connotations in the Chinese tradition. Here, the ancient subject is combined with the moralizing theme of the Four Gentlemanly Accomplishments (calligraphy, painting, music, and the game of go), which engage the children. One Hundred Children became one of the most popular themes among the Kano painters, the official artists who worked for the shoguns and their vassals during the Edo period. The anonymous painter of this screen seems to have based it on a readily available model. The dry, mannered execution of the landscape elements points to a date in the eighteenth century for this work.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Graceful Gestures: Two Decades of Collecting Japanese Art," 2007.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Drama of Eyes and Hands: Sharaku's Portraits of Kabuki Actors," September 20, 2007–March 24, 2008.
Artist: Kano Chikanobu (Japanese, 1660–1728)Date: 17th–18th centuryMedium: One of a pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gilt on paper; Reverse side: ink, color, and gold on paperAccession: 29.100.498On view in:Gallery 225
Artist: Kano Sanboku (Japanese, active late 17th–early 18th century)Date: late 17th centuryMedium: Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gold on paperAccession: 1999.204.1, .2On view in:Gallery 227