Plaque with hybrid bird-dragon creature

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    8th-5th century BCE
  • Geography

    Xinzheng or Henan province, China
  • Material

    Gold foil
  • Dimension

    H x W: 8.9 x 13 cm (3 1/2 x 5 1/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    The hybrid creature is composed of a bird and a dragon head in left profile, joined by a single curvilinear body. Details such as eyes and ears are indicated by striated bands chased from the front onto the sheet of hammered gold. Interlaced dragons enframed by striated bands occur along the surface of the curvilinear body. The irregular upper surface on this dragon is broken into two major pieces and joined in the lower left corner.
    The damaged area is marked by a small irregular hole and a large tear along the lower edge. The left and right edges of the plaque each have two perforations, presumably to attach the piece to another surface. The circumference of the plaque, both front and back, bears traces of red pigment.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Gold: The Asian Touch (September 10, 2005 to February 20, 2006)
    Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Community, 480-222 B.C. (September 30, 1982 to February 17, 1983)
  • Origin

    Xinzheng or Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Gift of The Honorable and Mrs. Hugh Scott
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
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