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The Knotted Dragon Motif

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From ancient times the tying of magical knots was a way of binding magical/supernatural powers. The motif of the knotted dragons, rendered in virtually the same manner as on the Ghurid matrix, is pictured on a "sphero-conical" unglazed earthenware vessel found in the region of the Golden Horde (Juchi Ulus), datable to the late twelfth or early thirteenth century, now preserved in the State Historical Museum in Moscow. A sexual character of the knotted dragon motif is further supported by the universal sympathy, discussed earlier, that ultimately unites all natural opposing forces, including those of the female and the male principle, which also finds expression in the coupling of the Sun and the Moon.

Keywords: Ghurid matrix; knotted dragon motif; Moscow



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