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Composition with Four Children

Creation date: ca. 1900
Creation place: Japan

Other Information

Type: Ivory Sculpture
Medium and Support: Ivory
Credit Line: Bequest of Rose Adele Palmer
Accession Number: 1982.39.1-4
Dimensions: 6 5/8 in. x 17 5/8 in. x 3 1/2 in. (16.83 cm x 44.77 cm x 8.89 cm)
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Rose Adele Palmer, San Diego, California ( - 1982)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1982 - )

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November 2004
Past In Reverse: Contemporary Art from East Asia [Historical section]
Ivory was popularly viewed in both China and Japan as a precious and exotic material, imported from the West. This example is carved with subjects from daily life that would have held popular appeal: four spirited children and a friendly, if slightly eccentric, vendor of baskets. The theme of the peddler accosted by eager children dates back at least to the eleventh century in a famous academic painting of the Song dynasty. This theme is consciously revived by Wang Qingsong in his Knickknack Peddler, where he includes modern toys and shiny plastics designed to be irresistible to children.
Last Updated: 4/4/2005


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Asia Crossroads Rotation , 8/1/2002 - 8/1/2003

Art of East Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2013 - 8/1/2013

Art of East Asia: Japan The San Diego Museum of Art , 8/24/2018 - 00/00/00

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