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Disc with a phoenix and a dragon

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  • phoenix

    Mythical bird known as hōō in Japan. The Islamic tradition appropriated the far-eastern iconography of the phoenix and used it to represent another mythical bird, the simurgh.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The disc shows a mixture of styles, although it is basically imitating an archaic jade. Unlike archaic examples, it was not carved from a flat disc, but varies greatly in thickness, according to the design.

    The piece is made of green stone, ranging from a deep grey green to a paler yellowish green, with yellowish-brown patches. It is carved as an unevenly shaped disc, with a circular hole in the centre and a pointed tip, flanked by an openwork dragon and an openwork cloud motif. On one side, the hole is incorporated off-centre into an oval surround, which slopes towards the hole, where the disc is very thin; on the other side, it is surrounded by a rope-twist border. The surface is decorated with angled and archaistic scroll motifs in relief.

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