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Title

Dragon necklace

20th century

Artist

Miao people

China

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
  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Miao people

    Works in the collection

    9

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  • 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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

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