Dragon occupies a very important postion in Chinese mythology. It
shows up in arts, literature, poetry, architecture, songs, and
many aspects of the Chinese conscience. The origin of
Chinese dragons is unknown,
but centainly pre-dates the written history.
- Wine Jar, Ming Dynasty, early 16-th century
These brilliantly colored large stoneware vessels are one of the most popular wares of the
Ming period. The lively design features two pairs of dragons pursuing the flaming jewel amidst sea acn cloud motifs.
- From Two Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics by V. Reynolds,P.H. Curtis, and Y.F. Pei (70k)
- Vase, Chia Ching reign (1532-1455)
Porcelain, with five-color enameled decoration of imperial five clawed dragons
sporting amid waves. Art Treasures of the Peking Museum.(102k)
- Gilded bronze dragon
Tang Dynasty (AD618-906). Excavated
1975, Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province.
- Royal Dragon Robes of Emperors
- A portrait of Emperor Tai-Tsung, Tang Dynasty (626-649). Both the
dragon motif and the yellow color are restricted to the royalty only. (37k)
- The "100 boys" jacket of Empress Xiao Jing
is embroidered with figures of dragons, bamboo, flowers, and 100 boys
playing games, flying kites, catching birds, and pretending to be
officials. Empress Xiao Jing is a comtemporary of Elizabeth I of England.
- Painting of Emperor Chien-Lung [Qianlong] , Ching [Qing] Dynasty (1736-1795).
- Dragon robe
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Ching [Qing] Dynasty (1821-50).
- Dragon robe of a Mandarian
The Rising Celestial Dragon. Details of a mandrarin robe of embroidered
silk, Chia-ching period (1796-1820), Qing Dynasty.
- Dragon robe silk
Chuba, Qing Dynasty (17-th century). Metropolitan Museum, New York
- Emperor KangXi at his desk
Emperor KanXi of Ching Dynasty. This is his favorite location to pose for
a portrait. Peking Museum, Beijing. (208k)
- Red Dragon
A pair of dragons on a painted lacquer brush-pot, Wan-li period (1573-1620),
Ming dynastry, h. 13 in. (176k)
- Nine Dragon Wall
A very popular tourist site in Beijing is this Nine-Dragon Wall in BaiHai Park. After
hundreds of years, the colors of the ceramic tiles are just as brilliant.
The wall was built in 1756. It is 21m long, about 15m high and i.2m thick.
It is faced with 424 7-color ceramic tiles.
At the center of the wall, there is a giant dragon, flanged by four dragons
on each side. In addition to these nine large dragons, the wall is covered
from edge to edge with many smaller dragons. In all, there are 635 dragons.
- Jade Coiled Dragon
Jade coiled dragon, Hongshan Culture (c. 4700-2920 B.C.)
Liaoning Provincial Institute of Archaeology, Shenyang
- Nine Sons of Dragon-And where to find them.
Discussions about Dragon robes
- The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
- Calendar of Dragon Boat Races
- Dragon and Phoenix
- Tricia's Chinese Water Dragon page
Have you ever seen a Chinese water dragon before?
- Chinese alligator sinensis
- Chinese Alligator Fund at University of Florida
- Celestial Dragons