Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The Dragon Motif On Portable Objects

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The dragon motif is found on a great variety of artefacts, notably in the category of personal objects: specifically on accoutrements pertaining to the hunt or war and objects of personal adornment. The dragon motif similarly occurs on weapon fittings, ritually significant belt/strap fittings and equestrian accoutrements. Cudgels or maces were also associated with the dragon-fighting Indo-Iranian mythical heroes, and hence possibly serve to characterise them as primordial warriors. In the Western Central Asian world the dragon also features prominently on objects pertaining to personal adornment. The depiction of the dragon is frequently found sculpted as part of vessels, for instance on the arched handles of two celebrated buckets both of which are now preserved in the State Hermitage, St. Petersburg.

Keywords: accoutrements; dragon motif; Indo-Iranian; vessels



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Dragon in Medieval East Christian and Islamic Art — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation