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    Posted 5 years ago

    Sunnybrook
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    I may have found some information on the origin of this dragon. In ancient Vietnam the Dongsong had a deity in the form of a water dragon. The early version had three claws. I also found reference that the Greek key design was used by the Dongson people of Vietnam. What do you think?

    http://www.vietnam-culture.com/articles-221-34/Tale-of-Vietnamese-Dragon.aspx

    Original post:
    I really like this brass plate. It has a three clawed character. I would assume it is a dragon, but it looks somewhat like a sea serpent. It measures 9-7/8". It is heavier than most decorator pieces I've seen. Very large pontil type mark. Pretty cool.

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    1. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Really love this Sunnybrook and it looks old too. This might help you ID the country it came from. Unless it's a Western dragon. :)
      In general, Chinese dragons have five toes, Korean dragons have four toes and Japanese dragons have three toes.
    2. Sunnybrook Sunnybrook, 5 years ago
      Thank you mikelv85, I could not remember how to identify the country by the toes of a dragon. I enjoy both Asian art and metals. This was a bonus!

      I think I may reshoot the photos and repost. My "not-so-smart-phone" pictures don't do it justice.
    3. Sunnybrook Sunnybrook, 5 years ago
      http://www.vietnam-culture.com/articles-221-34/Tale-of-Vietnamese-Dragon.aspx

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