Finial: Dragon head
- 11th–14th century
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Tools and Equipment
- Overall: 4 29/32 x 1 3/8 x 4 1/32 in. (12.462 x 3.5 x 10.2 cm)
- Classical Art
- 304 SNAIL GALLERY
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase
- Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
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Metal ornaments like this mythic dragon decorated the tops of poles carried in religious processions. Although made for Muslim festivals, the dragon is an age-old figure in North Asian art.
The cosmopolitan society of the Roman Empire left a tradition of craftsmanship in metal, ceramic, textiles, jewelry, and glass which long survived the Empire as a political entity. Although this dragon finial comes from the Sljuk Turkish period of the 11th to 14th centuries CE, it stems from a tradition of animal art in bronze going back to Near Eastern antiquity.
Anne Bromberg, DMA Label copy, 2003.