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An image of Dragon necklace by Miao people
Alternate image of Dragon necklace by Miao people Alternate image of Dragon necklace by Miao people Alternate image of Dragon necklace by Miao people
Alternate image of Dragon necklace by Miao people Alternate image of Dragon necklace by Miao people

Miao people

(China  – )

Title
Dragon necklace
Other titles:
Dragon ball necklace
Place of origin
KunmingYunnan ProvinceChina
Year
20th century
Media category
Jewellery
Materials used
silver
Dimensions

22.2 cm diam. (irreg.)

Credit
Dee Court Fund 2008
Accession number
24.2008
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Exhibition history (2)

One hundred flowers (2011), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2011–15 Jan 2012

Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012