226. A roof ornament in the form of a dragon
A roof ornament in the form of a dragon
North Thailand, Laos, 18th century
Dragons such as these were traditionally fixed on all four corners of a temple roof and were decorated with gold and mirrors, due to the ravages of time this washed wood exterior has remained. The dragons functioned as guardians of the tempel complex.
H. 244.8 cm (excluding base)