One Hundred Boys

Kano Einō Japanese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 230

The felicitous theme of this work first appeared in China during the Song dynasty (960–1279). The screens’ construction and the details, variety, and sheer number of figures—executed in fine- quality pigments—indicate that the individual who commissioned them was aristocratic. An extant document from the artist’s studio suggests a female member of the noble Kujō family in Kyoto ordered them on the occasion of Girl’s Day, an annual early spring celebration. The screens may have belonged to a bride’s wedding trousseau, perhaps to inspire the creation of a large and joyous family.

On view for rotations 1 and 2

One Hundred Boys, Kano Einō (Japanese, 1631–1697), Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color, and gold on paper, Japan

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