Dragon-Shaped Kettle

Silla, 5th-6th century A.D.
Gyeongju Museum, Korea

This kettle sports the neck and tail of a dragon and the body of a turtle, depicting the legendary Chinese dragon-turtle, an auspicious creature; the dragon symbolizes power and achievement, while the turtle symbolizes stability and longevity. The Korean kettle rests on an openwork pedestal, and is decorated with ornamental dangles.