Dragon holding a tama

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Tomokazu, Dragon holding a tama
Photo Credit: 

Petegorsky/Gipe

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Tomokazu, Dragon holding a tama
Photo Credit: 

Petegorsky/Gipe

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Tomokazu, Dragon holding a tama
Photo Credit: 

Petegorsky/Gipe

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Tomokazu, Dragon holding a tama
Photo Credit: 

Petegorsky/Gipe

On View
Tomokazu
Japanese
Place made: 
Asia; Japan
Dragon holding a tama, 19th century
Ivory; carved with pigment
Overall: 1 7/8 in x 1 1/8 in x 3/4 in; 4.8 cm x 2.9 cm x 1.9 cm
William Richter Collection, Gift of Margaret Ruth Richter (Class of 1939)
MH 1986.30.11

The dragon is a mythical creature that has existed within man’s imagination throughout many places and time periods. In the East, despite a ferocious demeanor, the dragon is considered an auspicious, even benevolent creature. Associated with winds, mist, clouds, and fire, the dragon embodies the constant renewal of the universe and the mystical cycle of creation.

2015