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Metallurgy: Great Wisdom

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Roof Ornament in the Shape of a Dragon Head

Roof Ornament in the Shape of a Dragon Head

Description

This dragon-shaped ornament is designed to be fixed to the ridge end of the roof of a Korean traditional pavilion. Its rectangular body is hollow, allowing a wooden bar to be inserted and then joined to the end of the roof. The single-horned dragon, with bulging eyes and exposed teeth, gives a fierce impression be fitting its role as a guardian against evil spirits. Details such as the mustache, fins and scales were carved with great care.

Goryeo Dynasty, 10th century
Gilt bronze
H 30.5cm
Treasure No. 781