Continuing of the Met's newer traditions, the Asian Art Department opened the Lunar New Year with a change to its smallest (and possibly most-charming exhibit.) Many of the figures are the same as last year, just with the place of honor ceded by the 2019's Pig to 2020's Rat. The museum has gathered together carvings and sculptures of rigs, together with the other eleven animals of the Chinese Zodiac, many of which date to the 1st- and 2nd-centuries. The most charming piece is an 18th-century porcelain statue of an anthropomorphized rat in colorful traditional garb.

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