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Twin boys

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
18th century
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.3 cm); W. 21/2 in. (6.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
This intriguing sculpture can be read either vertically or horizontally. The four bodies and two heads belong to four entwined boys, who represent the Four Blessings of happiness, high official rank, longevity, and good luck.
[ Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc. , New York, until 1985; sold to Irving]; Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (1985–2015; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.

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