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Disc with dragon motif

Photo: Paul Macapia

Disc with dragon motif

10th - 8th century B.C.

Similar to the decoration on bronzes, the design elements on this jade disc are highly abstracted. Two dragons are placed head to tail: the head of each is indicated by a long snout, hooked jaw and a large round eye.
Diameter: 9 5/8 in.
Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection
Photo: Paul Macapia
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Luminous: The Art of Asia", October 13, 2011 - January 8, 2012

Tokyo, Japan, Suntory Museum of Art, "Luminous Jewels: Masterpieces of Asian Art From the Seattle Art Museum", July 25 - September 6, 2009; Tour Schedule: Kobe City Museum, September 19 - December 6, 2009; Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, December 23, 2009 - February 28, 2010; MOA Museum of Art, March 13 - May 9, 2010; Fukuoka Art Museum, May 23 - July 19, 2010

Seattle, Washington, Seattle World's Fair, Fine Arts Pavilion, "Art of Ancient East", 1962 (1962)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, University Museum, "Chinese Jade", 1962 - 1963. Circuit: Cleveland Museum, Cleveland, Ohio (1962 - 1963)

Portland, Oregon, Portland Art Museum, "Gift to a City: Masterworks from the Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection in the Seattle Art Museum", cat. # 8

London, England, The Arts Council of Great Britain and the Oriental Ceramic Society, Victoria and Albert Museum, "Chinese Jades Throughout The Ages", 1975 (1975)

Miami, Florida, Center for Fine Arts, "In Quest of Excellence", January 12 - April 22, 1984 (01/12/1984 - 04/22/1984)
Published References"Handbook, Seattle Art Museum: Selected Works from the Permanent Collections." Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 1951, p. 46 (b&w)

"Gift to a City" exhibition catalogue. Portland, OR: Portland Art Museum, 1965, cat. no. 8

"Selected Works." Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 1991, p. 156

Kawai, Masatomo, Yasuhiro Nishioka, Yukiko Sirahara, editors. "Luminous Jewels: Masterpieces of Asian Art From the Seattle Art Museum". 2009, The Yomiuri Shimbun, cat. no. 57

The Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people.