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東漢 鎏金銅龍頭飾
Handle in the Form of a Dragon's Head

Period:
Eastern Han dynasty (25–220)
Date:
1st–2nd century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Gilt bronze with traces of red pigment
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); W. 2 in. (5.1 cm); L. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Charlotte C. and John C. Weber Collection, Gift of Charlotte C. and John C. Weber, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.165.25
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
The dragon in China is an auspicious emblem of nature’s creative forces. Visualized as a composite creature, this sleek example, with its elongated neck, flared nostrils, and gaping mouth, may have been inspired by the “heavenly” horses thought to dwell in Central Asia.
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