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Boys with leaves and boxes

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
19th century
H. inc. base 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); W. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Ellen Barker, 1942
Accession Number:
42.90.31, 32a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
Two boys holding a lotus or leaf and a box are popular New Year’s images symbolic of harmony and union. Known as the hehe twins, in reference to the characters for these virtues both of which are read he, this pair is also thought to have been inspired by the legendary Tang dynasty (618–907) Buddhist monks Hanshan and Shide.
Ellen Barker , New York (until 1942; donated to MMA)
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