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Dragon: C.3-1968

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Current Location: Gallery 28 - Arts of Asia Gallery


Maker: Unknown




Unglazed grey earthenware dragon, which recalls the bas relief images in Han tombs. Slight traces of white slip, and red and black paint remain.

A passage from the Huai-nan-tzu states "a clay dragon brings rain"


History note: Unknown before testator

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Bequeathed by Mrs Walter Sedgwick through the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 16 cm
Length: 25 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1968) by Sedgwick, Walter, Mrs


Northern Wei
Circa 385 CE - 580 CE

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3-1968
Primary reference Number: 138221
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 26 November 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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