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Dragon

Tang dynasty (618–907)

Plaque with Dragon

The nomadic communities of Central Asia used such plaques to embellish clothing and horse trappings. As these nomadic cultures herded animals and were constantly moving, their artistic production was expressed ... more

Dragon

Tang dynasty (618–907)

Mirror with Dragon

A particularly fine rendering of a dragon—an auspicious animal in Chinese lore—adorns this mirror back. Tang dynasty (618–907)

Plaque in the Shape of a Dragon

Tang dynasty (618–907)

Rafter finial in the shape of a dragon’s head and wind chime

This finial in the shape of a dragon’s head would originally have been attached to a corner rafter of a royal hall or a Buddhist temple building (see, for example, the photograph to the left of a model pagoda t... more

Ewer with Writhing Dragon

Liao dynasty (907–1125)

Isfandiyâr's Third Exploit: he battles the dragon.

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Bahrâm Gûr kills a dragon that devoured a youth.

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Gushtâsp (Gushtâsb) slays a dragon.

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Bahrâm Chûbînah kills the dragon that has devoured the daughter of the Khâqân of Chîn.

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

The text concerns Zâl's fight with the Turanian hero Khazarvân, but the illustration shows Rustam in his traditional costume and mounted on Rakhsh striking off the head of a dragon with his sword.

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Capital with Saint George and the Dragon

Made in Narbonne (?), France

Dragon from BL Harley 2799, f. 208v

Detail of a zoomorphic initial 'S'(ymon) made up of a dragon. Image taken from f. 208v of Bible ('The Arnstein Bible') (Job to Revelation), including the Psalms in three versions in three columns, and diagrams,... more

Funerary jar with dragon

Several vessels like this one have been excavated from tombs in southern China. They are thought to have been employed to store grains used in burial ceremonies, and are sometimes associated with the religious ... more

Combat Between Dragon and Dog (one of five medallions from a coffret)

The blue and green beasts, locked in battle and compressed into these circular medallions, are emblematic of goldsmiths’ work created at Conques under the patronage of Abbot Boniface (r. 1107–after 1121). On a ... more

Winged Dragon (one of five medallions from a coffret)

The blue and green beasts, locked in battle and compressed into these circular medallions, are emblematic of goldsmiths’ work created at Conques under the patronage of Abbot Boniface (r. 1107–after 1121). On a ... more

Combat Between Dragon and Dog (one of five medallions from a coffret)

The blue and green beasts, locked in battle and compressed into these circular medallions, are emblematic of goldsmiths’ work created at Conques under the patronage of Abbot Boniface (r. 1107–after 1121). On a ... more

Pricket Candlestick with a Naked Youth Fighting a Dragon

The dragon speared by a naked youth is a fanciful subject typical of the imaginative creatures found in the work of medieval goldsmiths and in manuscript illumination. Made in Meuse Valley, Netherlands

Dragon

Tail coiled, claws extended, and feet braced, this dragon is a powerful counterpart to the lion opposite. Medieval beasts, whether real orimaginary, were often imbued with symbolic meaning, as they are in anima... more

Dragon and elephant from BL Harley 4751, f. 58v

Detail of a miniature of a dragon attacking an elephant. Image taken from f. 58v of Bestiary, with extracts from Giraldus Cambrensis on Irish birds. Written in Latin.

Aquamanile in the Form of a Dragon

Aquamaniles, which are water vessels used for washing hands, served both liturgical and secular purposes. Those made in the shape of an animal are among the most distinctive products of medieval craftsmen. The ... more

Dragon

In the style of Muqi (Chinese, ca. 1210–after 1269) Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)

Textile Fragment with brocade with Bird, Dragon, and Palmette Motifs

The exceptional condition and quality of this silk, enriched with gold and highlights in red, are characteristic of the Sicilian royal workshops.