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Child with Basket of Magical Lingzhi Fungus

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
18th–19th century
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Ellen Barker, 1942
Accession Number:
42.90.39a, b
Not on view
The cloudlike mushrooms in the child's basket were symbolic of good wishes, and stylized versions of this shape appeared in works of all media in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly as decorative borders. They frequently appear on the tops of ruyi scepters, which were produced in some number during the Qing dynasty.
Ellen Barker , New York (until 1942; 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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