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Miniature mountains representing the mythical realm Penglai

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
18th century
a, incl. base: 3 5/8 × 1 7/8 × 1 3/8 in. b, incl. base: 2 3/8 × 1 1/4 × 3/4 in. c, incl. base: 2 1/4 in. × 1 1/4 in. × 1 in.
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
Thought to be somewhere in the Eastern Sea, Penglai is the realm of immortals where jewels grow on trees and rice bowls and wine glasses are never empty.
[ Spink & Son Ltd. , London, until 1982; sold to Irving] ; Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (1982–2015; 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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