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 December 31, 2017

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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