Bowl with dragons, phoenixes, gourds, and characters for happiness.

Artists in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province. Qing dynasty, Guangxu period, late 1880s. Porcelain with transparent glaze and overglaze polychrome enamels and gilding. Gift of the Conger Collection, 1991 E76744. Photo by Walter Silver/ PEM. 


This bowl was used in the 1880s probably in one of the most lavish royal weddings in Chinese history.

Double Happiness: Celebration in Chinese Art

On view April 5, 2014 to May 31, 2015

Located in the: First Floor Galleries

Come and 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."

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Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 10am - 5pm

Enjoy poetry from around New England, including Cape Verdean and Celtic voices, poetry about special-needs families and the long shadow of Jim Crow. End with headline readings by Pulitzer Prize finalist Forrest Gander, MacArthur Fellow C.D. Wright, poet-scholar Louise Brock-Brodio, North Shore favorite Rhina Espaillat and National Book Award winner David Ferry.

For a full schedule of adult programs and registration information, visit masspoetry.org.


Poetry Quest
10 am-5 pm

Pick up materials on Atrium Café tables. Find your inspiration in the exhibition Double Happiness! Fold a book, then fill the pages with your own creativity as you explore.



A Window on Poetry
10 am-5 pm | Atrium

Add to our collaborative artwork inspired by stained-glass windows with lines from a favorite poem or create a new one.


Altered Pages
1:30-4:30 pm | Atrium

Poetry is all around us! Discover a new poem from among the words in an altered book and create a visual and verbal masterpiece.



Hairballs and Haiku
2-3 pm | meet at information desk

For ages 5 to 8 with an adult
Tickets available day of program

Enjoy lively poems from the viewpoint of a very opinionated cat, and get inspired to write your own haiku in your new hand-bound book.


Made possible by the Lowell Institute

This is a 3 day event on Friday, May 2, Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4


Further Reading