Finial in the shape of a dragon head


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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.

Finial in the shape of a dragon head, Gilt bronze with traces of red pigment, China

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