Chinese Women and Children in a Palace Garden

Formerly attributed to Kano Eitoku Japanese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 230

Images of women and children in a springtime garden were ubiquitous in Japan in the Edo period. The subject was commonly featured on precious objects made for brides and in the interior decorations of Buddhist nunneries, where aristocratic women often lived in retirement. In this example, women play chess in the right-hand panels, and they safeguard children playing at left.

Chinese Women and Children in a Palace Garden, Formerly attributed to Kano Eitoku (Japanese, 1543–1590), Six-panel folding screen; ink, color, gold, and gold leaf on paper, Japan

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