Amphora with Three Dragon-Shaped Handles

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

Date:

Tang dynasty (618–907), 8th century

Artist:

China

About this artwork

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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Title

Amphora with Three Dragon-Shaped Handles

Origin

China

Date

701 AD–800 AD

Medium

Stoneware with yellowish-white glaze

Dimensions

H. 35.9 cm (14 1/8 in.); diam. 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Dr. Edith B. Farnsworth Collection

Reference Number

1969.949

Extended information about this artwork

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