The picture shows the guildsmen, followed by clowns and what seems to be a mechanical three-headed dragon.
(Click for an enlargement of the dragon.) Note the similarity to a baby sauropod dinosaur.
Many more such sauropodomorph-like Chinese dragon depictions could be considered from this time period, like the painted ceramic dragon to the lower left, identified by the exhibiting museum as Tang Dynasty (618-906 AD)) that was advertised on the Chinese antiquities market as a dinosaur depiction.
But, on what creature did the ancient Babylonians model the dragon?
(click the depiction to enlarge) Koldewey believed that the sirrush was a portrayal of a real animal and in 1918, he proposed that the dinosaur .
This was the first non-bony crest discovered on a dinosaur.
It closely matches the look of the Chinese beaked dragon.
The animals appear in alternating rows with lions, fierce bulls (rimi or reems in Chaldean), and curious long-necked dragons (sirrush).
The lions and bulls would have been present at that time in the Middle East.
Dayak mythology tells of a time, before the creation of man, when the sea was the home of a mighty underworld dragon who opposed the gods of the sky.
The artwork to the right seems to show warriors on a platform fighting crested dragon-like animals. It displays numerous characteristics of the beaked dinosaurs (like the depicted alongside for comparison): tridactyl feet configuration, metatarsal stance, scale-like representation all over the body (except for the horn which has a striated pattern), long (albeit slender) tail, elaborate head crest and a long neck.
Several malevolent dragon-like creatures are mentioned at various points in the Zoroastrian scriptures.
One such popular dragon myth involves Azi Dahaka – a three-headed Persian dragon that will devour one third of all men and animals at the end of the world.
Another fascinating Chinese artifact is the Late Eastern Zhou Sauropod (Fang Jian) ornamental box to the right.