It's time for a new Mystery Object. Although I have often acquired items mainly because of their historical interest and without considering their looks, this piece is one of my favorites because of its tremendous eye appeal.
These utilitarian objects are still in common use, and typically have a characteristic decoration, although rarely featuring dragons. The form of the dragons here, however, does have a symbolic significance appropriate to this type of object.
This is made out of wood and is about six inches long, but others range from considerably smaller to much larger. While other types of these can be found, this is the most common general shape.
If you know or can guess what this is, please let me know in the comments. As usual, Comment Moderation will be turned on for Mystery Objects posts. If your solution is correct, I will withhold it until the end, to allow others a chance to guess.
The answer will be revealed in a few days. Good luck!