Tripod Container with Dragon-Head Handle (Zhadou)

Tripod Container with Dragon-Head Handle (Zhadou)



Overall: 22.8 cm (9 in.); Diameter of mouth with rim: 15.5 cm (6 1/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1983.214


The dragon, winged chimera, and grotesque monster's face presented in this case exhibit uninhibited imagination in the representation of fantastic animals--all are full of energy, vigor, and magical power. Whether as purely sculptural forms or decorative elements of utilitarian vessels, they are characterized by a sensitive modeling of dynamic forms with the typical Chinese elegance of line.

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Chinese Art
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