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Jar with Handles in the Shape of Dragons

The long neck and rounded body of this amphora reflects a shape found earlier in the Mediterranean region and in west Asia,and produced in both glass and metal. The lively dragon-shaped handles, however, are Ch... more

Textile with Pearl Roundels with Dragons

The decorative use of rows of pearls ultimately derives from Sasanian Iran. The dragon has been a significant presence in Chinese art for thousands of years, but those depicted here have no heads. A flaw in the... more

Bowl with Dragons among Waves

In the West, the term celadon is often used to describe ceramics covered with green glazes. In China, stoneware with celadon glaze is classified by the name of the kiln at which it was produced. This large bowl... more

Mirror decorated with dragons

Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

Tapestry with Dragons and Flowers

The decorative style of this silk tapestry is typical of Central Asia, where motifs enjoyed great longevity and creative recombination. The form of the dragon, with its long snout and its tail hooked behind its... more

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.

Brush washer in the shape of lotus leaf with feline dragons

Two dragons decorate the ends of this brush washer, which is carved from an opaque piece of white nephrite with brown and yellow inclusions that give the jade an aged appearance. Historical records indicate tha... more

Oval cup with feline dragons

Two long, sinuous dragons, of a type known as chihulong, are carved along the edges of the cup. The incised pattern decorating the cup resembles an auspicious fungus known as a lingzhi that is symbolic of the g... more

Bowl with Knotted Dragons

This bowl shows an aspect of ceramics produced in twelfth-century Syria and the Jazira that proved unappealing to early twentieth-century collectors. While the painted design is exquisite, the whitening of the ... more

Base of an Altar Cross with Reading Angels Sitting on Dragons and Standing Church Fathers

The names of Saints Augustine, Jerome, and Gregory are inscribed on the books held by the angels. The absence of Saint Ambrose from the group (the heads are missing) indicates that the standard form of identify... more

Textile with Dragons and Phoenixes

Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)

Brush washer with twin dragons

Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)

Box with Dragons amid Clouds

The feline dragons that curve along the surface were inspired by comparable creatures found on Bronze Age vessels rediscovered during the Song dynasty and often reinterpreted in the arts of that period. Althoug... more

Bowl with Dragons

Snakelike dragons, their heads confronting one another, run concentrically and intertwine on this bowl. Dragons were associated with the pseudo-planet al-Jawzahr, able to cause and reverse eclipses by swallowin... more

Centaur fighting dragons from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 173

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of a centaur fighting dragons. Image taken from f. 173 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Dragons from BL Add 26974, f. 76

Two dragons with their neck intertwined around the chapter title, at chapter 14 on mercifulness. Image taken from f. 76 of Sefer Maalot ha-Middot (The Book on Degrees of Virtue) by Jehiel ben Jekuthiel (ff. 1v-... more

Disk with Dragons

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 smal... more

Sword Guard in the Form of Confronted Dragons

Timurid royalty admired the qualities of nephrite (jade). The carved pieces that survive from the period include engraved rings and at least two dragon-handled white jade jugs. Also, at least two jade dragon-he... more

Dragons and Landscape

This scroll presents a view of undulating billows and a rocky shoreline where several gnarled trees cling to a bare cliff. To the left of the trees two dragons appear amid the clouds and inky darkness. The drag... more

Grotesque dragons from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 138v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two grotesque dragons, with heads in their tails, twisted together (similar to the amphivena of bestiaries). Image taken from f. 138v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Writ... more

Dragons from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 180v

Bas de page scene of two dragons fighting, with an inhabited initial 'V'(oce). Image taken from f. 180v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

Grotesque dragons from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 136v

Bas-de-page scene of two grotesque dragons fighting, biting one another. Image taken from f. 136v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

Grotesque dragons from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 136v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two grotesque dragons fighting, biting one another. Image taken from f. 136v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

Dragons from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 180v

Detail of a bas de page scene of two dragons fighting, with an inhabited initial 'V'(oce). Image taken from f. 180v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

Grotesque dragons from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 138v

Bas-de-page scene of two grotesque dragons, with heads in their tails, twisted together (similar to the amphivena of bestiaries). Image taken from f. 138v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin... more

Dragons from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 181

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of two dragons fighting. Image taken from f. 181 of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

Dragons from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 181

Bas-de-page scene of two dragons fighting. Image taken from f. 181 of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

Dragons from BL Or 2736, f. 186

Detail of an initial-word panel with pen-flourishing and two dragons, at the customs of Hanukkah. Image taken from f. 186 of Prayer book (~siddur~), Italian rite, with the books of Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Five S... more

Dragons from BL Or 2736, f. 186

Initial-word panel with pen-flourishing and two dragons, at the customs of Hanukkah. Image taken from f. 186 of Prayer book (~siddur~), Italian rite, with the books of Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Five Scrolls (~Hame... more

Battle with two-headed dragons from BL Royal 20 B XX, f. 83v

Detail of a miniature of a battle with two-headed dragons. Image taken from f. 83v of Historia de proelis in a French translation (Le Livre et le vraye hystoire du bon roy Alixandre)(index Alexandre). Written in French.

Battle with dragons from BL Royal 20 B XX, f. 49v

Detail of a miniature of Alexander's battle with dragons. Image taken from f. 49v of Historia de proelis in a French translation (Le Livre et le vraye hystoire du bon roy Alixandre)(index Alexandre). Written in French.

Battle with sheep-horned dragons from BL Royal 20 B XX, f. 78v

Detail of a miniature of Alexander's battle with sheep-horned dragons. Image taken from f. 78v of Historia de proelis in a French translation (Le Livre et le vraye hystoire du bon roy Alixandre)(index Alexandre... more

Battle against dragons from BL Royal 20 B XX, f. 73

Detail of a miniature of Alexander's battle against dragons with emeralds in their foreheads. Image taken from f. 73 of Historia de proelis in a French translation (Le Livre et le vraye hystoire du bon roy Alix... more

Battle with dragons from BL Royal 20 B XX, f. 49v

Miniature of Alexander's battle with dragons. Image taken from f. 49v of Historia de proelis in a French translation (Le Livre et le vraye hystoire du bon roy Alixandre)(index Alexandre). Written in French.

Alexander fighting dragons and strange beasts from BL Royal 15 E VI, f. 20

Miniature of Alexander fighting dragons and tusked beasts; miniature of Alexander encountering men and women living in water. Image taken from f. 20 of Poems and Romances (the 'Talbot Shrewsbury book'). Written... more

Alexander fighting with dragons from BL Royal 15 E VI, f. 21

Detail of a miniature of Alexander fighting with dragons. Image taken from f. 21 of Poems and Romances (the 'Talbot Shrewsbury book'). Written in French.

Dragons from BL Add 26957, f. 37

Drawing of two dragons with their necks interwined, at the beginning of the prayers for Passover. Image taken from f. 37 of Prayer book (~siddur~), Italian rite. Written in Hebrew.

Dragons from BL Add 26957, f. 37

Detail: drawing of two dragons with their necks interwined, at the beginning of the prayers for Passover. Image taken from f. 37 of Prayer book (~siddur~), Italian rite. Written in Hebrew.

Dragons from BL Add 26957, f. 53v

Drawings of two dragons at the beginning of the additional prayer (~musaf~) for Passover. Image taken from f. 53v of Prayer book (~siddur~), Italian rite. Written in Hebrew.

Dragons from BL Add 26957, f. 53v

Detail of a page: drawings of dragons. Image taken from f. 53v of Prayer book (~siddur~), Italian rite. Written in Hebrew.

Civliano consuli ac patricio Priscianus salutem

Print shows page of text on weights and measures, with illuminated borders.

[Mobile tank-like fortress in the shape of a dragon]

Print shows a dragon-shaped, mobile fortress equipped cannons and capable of carrying troops, with a ladder device mounted on the front used for scaling walls or as a bridge during siege warfare.

Cup with two dragons

Found in all media, feline dragons with short snouts, horns, and long snakelike bodies first appeared in Chinese art during the Zhou dynasty (1046 – 256 B.C.); reappeared during the twelfth to the fifteenth cen... more

Sutra Cover with Clouds and Dragons

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Sutra Cover with Clouds and Dragons

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Temple Vase with Dragons amid Flowers

Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Wanli mark and period (1573–1620)

Bowl with Dragons

Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Zhengde mark and period (1506–21)

Chair Strip with Dragons

On this rare example of a Ming chair strip, two powerful dragons, one in the sky and the other in the sea, embody cosmic forces of nature. The upper dragon decorates the portion that would have covered the chai... more

Panel with Dragons

Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Box with dragons

Boxes of this type (also produced in porcelain) were used principally to present important documents or gifts. The four claws on the dragons’ feet suggest that the box was made for a member of the nobility; fiv... more

Dragons Playing with the Sacred Pearl

Unidentified Artist Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)

Temple Vase Decorated with Dragons and Clouds

Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Jiajing period (1522–66)

Dish with Dragons and Lotuses

Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Zhengde mark and period (1506–21)

Dish with Phoenixes and Dragons

Ming dynasty (1644–1368), probably Jiajing period (1522–66)

Candelabra Grotesque with Heads of Dolphins and Dragons in the Center

Lambrecht Hopfer (German, active ca. 1525–50)

Incense Burner with Dragons Chasing Pearl

The inscription written on the outside of the lip indicates that the jar was offered by members of the Wu family to the Temple of the Lord of the Black Heaven in order to protect the peace of the family and the... more

Tray with Design of Dragons in Waves

Edo period (1615–1868)

Cup in the shape of an archaic vessel with feline dragons

The jutting lip of this cup derives from the shape of a jue, a bronze cup found in China’s Bronze Age. Some of the linear interlocked decoration on the middle section of the cup is also loosely based on the dec... more

Jar with Dragons and Floral Designs

Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)

Jar decorated with dragons

The dragons circling this bulbous jar are represented only by sinuous, scaly bodies. This abstraction, along with the speed of the brush, imbues the piece with vigor and a modern aesthetic. Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)

Jimbaori with shokko diaper pattern of dragons, phoenix birds, and stylized "Chinese flowers"

The jimbaori is a sleeveless short coat that was worn over armor in Held campaigns by the Japanese military elite, beginning in the second half of the sixteenth century. The center slit in the back allowed for ... more