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Lot 168: A 'hundred boys' embroidered panel

Fine Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design

by Sotheby's Australia

25 October 2016

Woollahra, Australia

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Description: A 'hundred boys' embroidered panel
the white silk ground decorated in colours with the auspicious 'hundred boys' joyfully engaged in various pursuits, some flying kites, reading or playing games, others in a 'dragon' procession carrying banners and lanterns with a Buddhist lion float, and others rowing a dragon boat among lotus and willow trees, all within a fenced garden setting, mounted and framed
172.5 x 96 cm overall

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The hundred boys theme was frequently employed at weddings. The hundred boys refers to King Wen of the Zhou dynasty who had ninety-nine sons and adopted one more to make a total of one hundred. This theme symbolises the wish for an abundance of sons and continuation of the family line, as well as the wish for the generations of these families to celebrate success in the imperial examinations.

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