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Jewel-Holding Dragon

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
H. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); W. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Classification:
Netsuke
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.969
Not on view
The dragon is the only mythical beast included in the zodiac. A cosmological symbol of Chinese origin, the dragon is associated with water and is often depicted emerging from vapor and clouds to produce rain. Represented here is the dragon of Handaka Sonja (one of the sixteen special disciples of Buddha), shown emerging from an alms bowl and holding a jewel (tama).
Signature: Masakazu
Edward C. Moore , New York (until d. 1891; bequeathed to MMA).
Lincroft. Monmouth Museum. "Curious Creatures and Bizarre Beasts," January 28, 1979–April 15, 1979.

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