Finial: Dragon head

DATE:
11th–14th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Bronze
CLASSIFICATION:
Tools and Equipment
DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 4 29/32 x 1 3/8 x 4 1/32 in. (12.462 x 3.5 x 10.2 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Classical Art
LOCATION:
304 SNAIL GALLERY
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase
OBJECT NUMBER:
1963.24

General Description

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.

Excerpt from

Anne Bromberg, DMA Label copy, 2003.