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Chinese New Year: ‘Year of the Dog’ at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

唐 三彩陶狗, "Figure of a Dog," Tang dynasty (618–907), 7th–8th century, China, Earthenware with white and green glazes, H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm); W. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm); L. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm), Tomb Pottery
(Fletcher Fund, 1929 29.18)

As we enter the new lunar year and the Year of the Dog, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition to commemorate the occasion. “Celebrating the Year of the Dog” highlights the connection between dogs and quotidian Chinese life. The exhibition runs in New York until July 4, 2018.

The show celebrates the Year of the Dog and features a selection of works drawn from the museum’s collection. It highlights the animal’s close relationship with Chinese daily life. As per the traditional East Asian lunar calendar, it comprises a repeating 12-year cycle, with each year matching to one of the 12 animals in the East Asian zodiac this being rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Associated first with the lunar calendar in China in the third century B.C., these animal representations became established by the first century. Each person is believed to embody certain traits that are akin to each animal belonging to that year in which they are born.

“Celebrating the Year of the Dog” runs through July 4, 2018, at Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.