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In this virtual series, Members are invited to explore a diverse range of artworks and artists in the Museum collection, presented through the lens of staff across the Norton.

Discovering Happiness, High Salary and Long life in the New Year

Thursday, January 14 / 2pm

Laurie Barnes, Elizabeth B. McGraw Curator of Chinese Art

Join Laurie Barnes, Elizabeth B. McGraw Curator of Chinese Art, in an exploration of the painting Immortals Playing Weiqi. The painting depicts the popular gods of happiness, high salary and long life—who figure prominently in Chinese New Year celebrations—engaged in a deeply contemplative competition that is widely considered to be the oldest continuously played board game in the world. Learn why mastering the game of Weiqi has been described as “putting your hand on the third rail of the universe.


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