Dragon climbing a rock


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207

This dragon climbing a garden rock exemplifies Yuan-dynasty use of precious materials. Imported from Burma or the Baltic area, amber was particularly rare in China. It was used more extensively during periods when nomadic imperial houses controlled Central Asian trade routes, leading to increased supplies. The work provides evidence for the free flow of goods along the Silk Road as well as contact between China and other parts of the world.

Dragon climbing a rock, Amber, China

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.