Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95)
Painted enamel with lapis lazuli stopper
H. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Bequest of Edmund C. Converse, 1921
Not on view
A popular decorative motif, the gourd is synonymous of progeny, or multiple children, because the image of numerous gourds growing on a single vine is viewed as a symbol of many children in one family line.
Edmund Cogswell Converse , Greenwich CT (until d. 1921) bequeathed to MMA