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Virtual Lecture Series: Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art

A virtual lecture for museum members.

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Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2024 | 10 AM Online via Zoom

Bats, gourds, peaches, ribbons, and monkeys on horses: these images are frequently (and creatively) depicted in Chinese art — but what do they mean? Just as the Chinese language is an exquisite conduit for rebuses (visual puns) and symbolism, motifs that appear in Chinese art often represent wishes for good fortune. Join us as we decipher hidden messages of prosperity, health, and happiness found in traditional Chinese art using selected objects from the Asian Art Museum’s collection.

This one-hour virtual lecture by one of our community speaker docents is followed by a half-hour Q&A.

10:05 AM | Welcome
10:10 AM | Program
11:00 AM | Q&A

Members at every level are invited to attend this virtual event.

Need help registering? Email [email protected].


Image: Bat carrying a swastika, approx. 1900. China. Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Nephrite. Asian Art Museum, The Avery Brundage Collection, B60J166. Photograph © Asian Art Museum.

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This lecture will be recorded so members can watch again at their leisure at the Virtual Member's Lounge.

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