The silver bowl with a moving dragon at the bottom

Art & Culture
2020-04-07 14:08:53

Sukhbaatar /MONTSAME/. MONTSAME National News Agency is presenting a series of valuable exhibits being kept at the Ethnography Museum of Sukhbaatar aimag. This time, we present a silver bowl with a moving dragon at the bottom made by one of the well-known Dariganga craftsmen, Molom Damba.


Craftsman D.Molom was greatly skilful in illustrating moving dragons with the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism and the Four Powerful Animals (also known as Tag Seng Chung Druk) as well as in traditional patterns. A good example of his distinctive craft would be this silver bowl. At the bottom of the bowl, he illustrated not only a moving dragon, but also the tumen nast khee pattern, which symbolizes eternity as its background. With a simple pattern for its bottom border, the side of the bowl is embossed with the Eight Auspicious Symbols. The bowl has a capacity of 1 liter.


Known as “Shar Darkhan” (Yellow Craftsman) by the locals, D.Molom was born as the second son of a commoner named Damba in Bayandelger soum of Sukhbaatar aimag in 1898. As his father Damba was well-known for his craftsmanship in creating detailed Buddhist religious items, he learned his craft from his father. Alongside the knowledge passed down from his father, most of his works consisted of silverware with interlaced pattern ornaments, double embossment, and double hammering.