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Long Live and Prosper: Auspicious Motifs in East Asian Art

Paintings, lacquerware, jades, textiles, and porcelain from China, Japan, and Korea will be on display at the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

March 9, 2011 12:00am to August 31, 2011 12:00am

This installation from the permanent collection features works from the Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections, including paintings, lacquerware, jades, textiles and porcelain. The selected objects denote something auspicious either through their surface motifs or by taking the shape of fortune-bearing plants or animals. The exhibition places particular focus on motifs related to longevity and prosperity, from wishes for a happy marriage to symbols of wealth. Of particular interest is the way in which certain motifs are carried through all three East Asian cultures while other symbols are unique to one country.

—Catherine Roche, Interim Assistant Curator for Asian Art

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