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금동 용머리 모양 처마 끝 장식과 작은 종 고려
金銅龍頭吐首風鐸 高麗
Rafter finial in the shape of a dragon’s head and wind chime

Period:
early Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
Date:
10th century
Culture:
Korea
Medium:
Gilt bronze
Dimensions:
Finial: L. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm); H. 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm); W. 9 in. (22.9 cm); Chime: H. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm); W. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 1999 Benefit Fund, and The Rosenkranz Foundation Inc. Gift, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.263a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 233
This finial in the shape of a dragon’s head would originally have been attached to a corner rafter of a royal hall or a Buddhist temple building (see, for example, the photograph to the left of a model pagoda that replicates a full-size wood structure from the Goryeo dynasty).

The beast’s bulging eyes, flaring nostrils, and elaborate scales convey the fierceness and invincibility of this auspicious creature. The small holes at the sides of the neck were probably used to secure the heavy object to the roof. The bell, which functioned as a wind chime, once had a metal-plate clapper inside. The bell would have been suspended from the loop at the mouth of the dragon by a hook. The decorative panels on the lower halves of both faces of the bell feature a swastika (an ancient symbol associated with the Buddha) within a lotus-flower platform. A nearly identical set of a dragon’s head and wind chime, the only other comparable extant example, is in the collection of the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul.
Inscription: On the lower part of either face of the bell is a decorative panel featuring a svastika (Kor. man), an ancient symbol associated with the Buddha, within a lotus flower.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Hidden Jewels from the Mary Griggs Burke Collection," July 3, 2004–January 9, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Korea," June 10, 2008–October 24, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Contemplations on the Moon Jar," November 16, 2009–April 25, 2010.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Korea," May 19, 2010–November 7, 2010.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Representation/Abstraction in Korean Art," November 23, 2010–March 20, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Patchwork Textiles Across Cultures," August 24, 2011–December 5, 2011.

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New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Korean Art," June 8, 2012–November 11, 2012.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Flora and Fauna in Korean Art," June 15, 2013–June 1, 2014.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Still Life in Korean Art," June 7, 2014–February 1, 2015.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Korea: 100 Years of Collecting at the Met," February 7, 2015–March 27, 2016.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Expressions of Nature in Korean Art," April 2, 2016–September 18, 2017.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Splendors of Korean Art," October 1, 2016–September 22, 2018.

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