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Pure Gold Dragons
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

There are twelve tiny dragons in a walking position unearthed from the hoard. They are exquisitely made, with eyebrows, neck, tail and beard clearly delineated and the bodies covered with minute scales. Some scholars believe that these tiny dragons were used as ceremonial objects in Taoism.

History of the Object
In October 1970, a hoard of around 1000 silver and gold objects, as well as jade and other precious stones called the Hejiacun Hoard was discovered during an infrastructure construction at Hejiacun Village in the southern suburbs of Xi’an, where the Xinghua Workshop of Changan during the Tang Dynasty had been located.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Gold 
Measurements
Height 2.1-2.7 cm. Length 4.1-4.3 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
7th Century - 10th Century; Tang Dynasty (618-907) 
Function
ceremonial objects 
Acquisition
Excavated in 1970 from a Tang Dynasty hoard, Hejiacun, southern suburbs of Xi’an City. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Shaanxi History Museum 
Museum
Shaanxi History Museum 
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