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Spotlight Asia: Year Of The Rooster

February 4, 2017


Painting (Mounted & Framed), Rooster, Asian Ethnographic Collection, AMNH.

The Museum’s Lunar New Year festival focuses on the Rooster, a character who greets the rising sun, banishes darkness, and is known for his punctuality and reliability. Celebrate Asian art and culture through hands-on activities led by local artisans and Museum scientists. Learn about the long-standing relationship between domesticated birds and people and surprising connections about the powerful Rooster, including his link to dinosaurs!

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Close up of a rooster's head

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Entertainment Pictures/Alamy

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