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    2006.610 Large Jade Basin with Dragons

    March 5, 2014
    Chinese Decorative Arts Gallery

    Above: Large Basin with High-Relief Design of Five Dragons, Nephrite, 20th century, gift of John and Maria Dirlam, 2006.610

    This 20th-century masterpiece depicts five dragons—associated with the Emperor, the heavens, water, clouds, and fertility—in pursuit of three flaming jewels that symbolize transcendent wisdom. The artist used powerful diamond drills to coax the misty scene from a massive boulder of forest green nephrite.