Happy Year Of The Pig

The Chinese Year of the Pig kicks off today with the Spring Festival which runs through February 19th. To ensure good fortune and happiness during the Spring Festival there are a few taboos: do not clean or sweep; do not demand debt repayment; do not visit the wife’s family; do not break glass or ceramics.

Speaking of ceramics you should definitely not break, this is ‘Pig in a Pen’ dating from 1-200 CE in the Han Dynasty. This glazed earthenware piece, maker unknown, is on display in the Asian Gallery of the RISD Museum.

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