This bamboo dart quiver sports a handle with an expressively carved aso. The body of the container is made from a section of bamboo and is topped with a wooden lid, both showing a lovely dark brown patina from years of handling. The handle which slips into the warrior’s belt is fastened by rattan binding, with the tip from antler’s horn. The handle depicts an aso or dragon with a bulbous head turned on its back, body curled to culminate in a hooked claw. In profile and posture, this quiver dragon bears a striking resemblance to archaic dragons featured in early Chinese jade and bronze art. See also this piece.
Reference: Bernard Sellato (1995), Hornbill and Dragon, p. 143.