Art: Golden Boy's Operation

Golden Boy is a happy little statuary fellow only 30 in. tall, and nobody knows exactly how old he is. He has a plump, round belly, is full of grace, and in a perpetual state of adoration. When anyone picked him up he would jingle faintly as if things were rattling around inside him. Since Golden Boy was made in China in a period when temple priests liked to fill their statuary with symbols, Director Richard E. Fuller and Associate Director Millard Rogers of the Seattle Art Museum grew more and more curious about what was inside. When X rays...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!