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Gold foil
H x W: 8.9 x 13 cm (3 1/2 x 5 1/8 in)
Jewelry and Ornament
Xinzheng or Henan province, China
8th-5th century BCE
Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period
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.
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)
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Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE)  Search this
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Credit Line:
Gift of The Honorable and Mrs. Hugh Scott
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery