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清 瑪瑙俏色仙鶴水滴
Water dropper in the shape of a crane

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Carnelian and white agate
Dimensions:
H. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm); W. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
Classification:
Hardstone
Credit Line:
Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902
Accession Number:
02.18.876a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 222
A crane holding a branch of peaches symbolizes longevity. The crane is believed to live for more than a thousand years and has been associated with immortals who would ride on its back. The peach is understood to have more potent life-extending power. In Chinese legend, the fruit grows on sacred trees in the garden of the Queen Mother of the West and ripens every three thousand years; a person who eats it will live forever.
Heber R. Bishop , New York (until 1902; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings," June 16, 2012–January 6, 2013.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings," December 11, 2013–July 6, 2014.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings," June 25, 2016–October 9, 2017.

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