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Twin boys

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.3 cm); W. 21/2 in. (6.3 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.6.12
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
This intriguing sculpture can be read either vertically or horizontally. The four bodies and two heads belong to four entwined boys, who represent the Four Blessings of happiness, high official rank, longevity, and good luck.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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