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清 瑪瑙石榴擺件
Pomegranates

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Agate
Dimensions:
H. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); W. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)
Classification:
Hardstone
Credit Line:
Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902
Accession Number:
02.18.887
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 222
As the Chinese character for “seed” (zi) is the same as that for “son,” the many-seeded pomegranate is viewed as a symbol for having multiple sons who are expected to continue the family line. The use of puns and rebuses to express wishes for good fortune, longevity, prosperity, and even academic success has been a common theme in Chinese art.
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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