On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 222

Left: Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902 (02.18.411); right: Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015 (2015.500.5.12)

This pair of figures depicts two young attendants holding large serving bowls. Their unusually large earlobes, quiet expressions with subtle smiles, and long robes with broad sleeves all suggest that they are from the land of the immortals. The substantial size and refined craftsmanship of these sculptures are hallmarks of the imperial workshop, which boasted an ample supply of precious jade material and the most talented carving masters.

Immortal, Jade (nephrite), China

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