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Wrist rest; underside carved with “One Hundred Children at Play”

Wrist rest; underside carved with “One Hundred Children at Play”

Wrist rest; underside carved with “One Hundred Children at Play”

Ivory

H: 26; W: 6 cm

Bequest of Rachel Linton, Haifa

Accession number:

B98.0920

Arts/Asian Art

“One Hundred Children at Play” is a visual representation of the blessing of many male offspring, considered necessary for the continuation of the family line. This highly popular, auspicious subject was depicted in a wide range of media: painting, porcelain, embroidery, and carving. Here 53 boys - some playing children’s games, others imitating the activities of adult daily life - are carved on the inner side of a piece of ivory used to support the wrist while writing.

From the Israel Museum publications:

Bizarre Perfection, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2008

Exhibitions:

Bizarre Perfection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 19/12/2008 - 13/06/2009