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Pendant
A 23795
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The pendant resembles the discs made of jade used for ritual purposes. However, this one is made of bronze and it is not compact. It is made of two orbs - one forms a central hole and the other one forms a rim. They are joined together by curled bodies of two dragons floating between the orbs. The design of their bodies is hardly visible today, but the dragons still captivate our attention by their buoyancy and movement of their svelte elegant bodies. We may forget that the object is made of metal when seeing the delicacy and vivacity of the ancient piece.

History of the Object
Unknown

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
bronze 
Measurements
diametre 6 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 1st century ~ AD 1st century 
Creation date
1st Century; Probably around the 1st century AD 
Function
Clothes embellishment? 
Acquisition
Acquired by the museum in 1992 through the Antiquity shop. The object's history thus can not be traced. 
Copyright
The National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic  
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, the Czech Republic 
Museum
National Museum; Nàprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures 
Credit line
Courtesy the National Museum – the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, Prague, Czech Republic  
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