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Amphora with Three Dragon-Shaped Handles

A work made of stoneware with yellowish-white glaze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of stoneware with yellowish-white glaze.


Tang dynasty (618–907), 8th century



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The dragon, with a scaly serpentine body, large whiskered head, and feet with sharp claws, is a supernatural creature that represents strength and goodness. The appearance of the dragon is considered a sign of good luck. Early depictions of the dragon are associated with water and rain, and are symbols of fertility and fecundity. The dragon came to represent the emperor, imperial power, and authority.


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Arts of Asia


Amphora with Three Dragon-Shaped Handles


China (Artist's nationality:)

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701 CE–800 CE


Stoneware with yellowish-white glaze


35.9 × 18.4 cm (14 1/8 × 7 1/4 in.); Diam.: 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.)

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Dr. Edith B. Farnsworth Collection

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