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    • Gilt-bronze Dragon
    • Gilt-bronze Dragon
    Gilt-bronze Dragon

    Tang: ceramics, metalwork and sculpture

    21 October - 6 November, 2021

    Eskenazi Limited is delighted to hold an exhibition entirely devoted to rare works of art including ceramics, sculpture and metalwork from the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907 AD), often called the golden age of Chinese culture. This is only the second time that Eskenazi has held an exhibition covering a wide range of material, solely dedicated to the Tang Dynasty. The first was in 1987. Notable highlights of this 2021 exhibition include a magnificent and monumental dry lacquer head of a bodhisattva, one of only three known surviving examples of this kind and a rare sancai-glazed zodiac animal figure with a human body and an equine head

    Gilt-bronze Dragon

    Six Dynasties - early Tang dynasty, 6th - 7th century

    This striding gilded bronze dragon is superbly modelled with a finely cast head held high and an elegant, sinuous body. The dragon in China is a highly auspicious creature, traditionally associated with the bringing of rain, and therefore also life and fertility. The dragon was the symbol of the emperor, the son of heaven and one of the animals of the cardinal directions.

    Length: 13.5cm