Disk with dragons


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219

This disc either may have been used as inlay to decorate another a piece of furniture or a screen, or functioned as an independent work of art. Known as chihulong, the four snakelike dragons—two large, two small—prowling along the surface are identifiable by their long, narrow necks, the raised lines across their backs, and their branching tails.

Disk with dragons, Ivory, China

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