Art/ Collection/ Art Object

東漢 玉握豬
Crouching Pig

Period:
Eastern Han dynasty (25–220)
Date:
1st–2nd century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm); L. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Classification:
Jade
Credit Line:
Charlotte C. and John C. Weber Collection, Gift of Charlotte C. and John C. Weber, 1994
Accession Number:
1994.605.96
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
Small images of pigs—a symbol of wealth in ancient China—sculpted of jade or soapstone, were often placed in the hands of the deceased to express the wish for wealth in the afterlife.
Charlotte C. and John C. Weber , New York (until 1994; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.

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