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Three Puppies

Maruyama Ōkyo, Japanese, 1733 - 1795

Made in Japan, Asia

Edo Period (1615-1868)


Ink and color on silk; mounted as a hanging scroll

Painting: 15 1/4 x 17 15/16 inches (38.7 x 45.5 cm) Mount: 50 x 23 1/4 inches (127 x 59.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Purchased with the John T. Morris Fund, the George W. B. Taylor Fund, with funds contributed by Maxine and Howard H. Lewis, and the Kent-Lucas Foundation, 1990

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Dogs, one of the twelve animals of the Japanese zodiac, have always been popular pets in Japan. They symbolize good health, and robust children are commonly described as being healthy as puppies. For this reason it has long been the custom to present new born babies with toy dogs as a charm to ensure their healthy growth.