Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Jewel-Holding Dragon

Edo period (1615–1868)
18th century
H. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); W. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
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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