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Chinese Dragon Photos

Originating as a totem evolved from natural creatures, the Chinese dragon is generally stylized depicted as a stylized mythical creature. In Chinese legend and proverbs, it is an auspicious spiritual animal with nine resemblances. The dragon is one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, one of the four celestial guardians of the Four Constellations and the symbol of an emperor or imperial power. Culture Intro: Chinese Dragon
  • Gilt Bronze Dragon with Iron Core of the Tang Dynasty, unearthed in South Caochangpo, Xian, Shaanxi History Museum.
  • A bronze dragon in front of the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity inside the Summer Palace
  • Decorative finials on roof ridges symbolize the importance of the building. Those used by the emperor would have nine figures.
  • Jingdezhen Porcelain with dragon featured on the bottom
  • Dragon designs are seen on this fine example of Jingdezhen Porcelain
  • Mirror designed with dragon and cloud patterns was an article for daily use in the Tang Dynasty.
  • Dragon Dance
  • A jade pillow with the picture of twin dragons playing with a pearl
  • A plaque exquisitely engraved with dragon designs
  • Here dragons form a major part of the decoration of the wood panelling and door.
  • Entwined dragons are seen in the carvings on the beams and rafters of this ornate structure
  • Dragon King Temple
  • Altazimuth with dragon patterns entwined on the supports
  • High-spirited dragon head decorating the traditional architectures, Pingyao.
  • Wangfujing Well with a dragon-designed lid
  • Court imperial robe embroidered with clouds and dragons during the rule of Emperor of Qinglong, the Qing Dynasty (replica): This dress uses the finest bright yellow satin while the small collar and sleeves use azurite satin. 44 different shaped dragons are embroidered on the small collar, two shoulders, front, back, waist, bottom and hoof-shaped sleeves with golden threads. The twelve imperial symbols are embroidered on different parts of the robe.
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