Double Happiness: Celebration in Chinese Art

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Apr 5 2014 - Jun 30 2019


Experience the liveliness of a drinking party, the opulence of a royal wedding, and poetic evocation of spring on a delicate dish. With more than 30 highlights from the museum's wide-ranging Chinese collection spanning 3,000 years, this exhibition celebrates China's artistic achievements crystallized in seasonal festivals, religious ceremonies and celebrations. 

Discover plants and animals, myths and symbols and decipher the Chinese character for "Double Happiness."

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website
Image: Portrait of Empress Xiaoxian Chun, Qing dynasty, second half of 18th century with later repainting, hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, overall: 108 1/4 x 51 9/16 inches. Gift of Elizabeth Sturgis Hinds, 1956. Peabody Essex Museum, E33619. Photography by Walter Silver
Image: Bowl with dragons, phoenixes, gourds, and characters for happiness
  • Decorative Arts
  • Asian
  • Chinese

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