Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Inbal Bar Oz

Wrist rest; underside carved with “One Hundred Children at Play”
19th century, Qing dynasty
H: 26; W: 6 cm
Bequest of Rachel Linton, Haifa
Accession number: B98.0920
“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.

Bizarre Perfection, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2008

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

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir