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Child with Basket of Magical Lingzhi Fungus

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th–19th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Bamboo
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Ellen Barker, 1942
Accession Number:
42.90.39a, b
Not on view
The cloudlike mushrooms in the child's basket were symbolic of good wishes, and stylized versions of this shape appeared in works of all media in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly as decorative borders. They frequently appear on the tops of ruyi scepters, which were produced in some number during the Qing dynasty.
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