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Title

Dragon necklace

20th century


Artist

Miao people

China


About

This large and heavy neck ornament is made from two double-headed dragons with a body of twisting silver wire. The two larger dragons bite over a silver bead. The Miao are an ethnic minority in China and are situated in the provinces of Hunan, Sichuan, Yunnan, Guangxi, with the majority in Guizhou. They are closely related to the Hmong ethnic groups of Southeast Asia. The often large silver jewellery, produced and crafted by men, is an important element of Miao culture. They believe the dragon is a protecting god whom they worship in their ceremonies and they also adopt the dragon motif in their decorative arts.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012


Details


Other Title

Dragon ball necklace


Place where the work was made

Kunming Yunnan Province China


Date

20th century


Media category

Jewellery


Materials used

silver


Dimensions

22.2 cm diam. (irreg.)


Credit

Dee Court Fund 2008


Location

Not on display


Accession number

24.2008


Artist information

Miao people

Works in the collection

9


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history