Dimensions: 56x28x48 cm – 22″x11 1/4″x18 7/8″
Issue Year: 2023
Limited Edition: 88 Pieces
Creating our King Chinese Dragon sculpture with intricate details was indeed an exciting process that took over 2 years. From the modelling of the original piece, conceptualizing the dragon’s pose, size, and overall appearance to its final firing in the kiln… the design requires meticulous attention to details so patience, skill, and a passion for handmade are key to successfully creating such a complex and detailed sculpture. As every detail on this breathtaking piece, each individual scale on the dragon’s skin is meticulously hand carved by our most skillful artist with a steady hand and an eye for precision. To achieve the desired result, the dragon’s embellishment combines gloss and satin finishes. The gloss finish adds a reflective and shiny surface, while the satin finish provides a smooth and slightly matte appearance. This combination creates a visually striking contrast and enhances the overall aesthetic.
Overall, the creation of this dragon sculpture involves a combination of artistic expertise, intricate detailing, and specialized techniques. The result is a magnificent piece of art that embodies the power, prosperity, and good luck associated with this mythical creature.
Our new limited edition King Chinese Dragon is made with utmost craftsmanship, the most complex and detailed piece ever created by De Rosa!
It comes with the wooden lacquered display base.
A little bit of Chinese Dragons Symbolism…
Dragon being mythological creature of ancient China, has been legendary cultural symbol of Chinese people, it is a vital and imperative part of Chinese folklore, culture, mythology, history, and royal insignia. Contrary to fire-throwing antagonistic Western dragons, Chinese dragons signify compassion, benevolence, power, authority, prosperity, and providence. First dragons appeared in Chinese culture in five millennium B.C. Hongshan Culture of modern day Inner Magnolia, and undug bones of dinosaurs were considered the buried dead dragons who once ruled the world. Since then, they are seen everywhere from royal dresses to royal insignia, from ceramic wares to zodiac symbols, from symbol of fortune to be gods of ancient and modern China. They form significant part of ordinary language to cultural and academic proverbs and examples. They are considered to be gods of weather and water bodies, like clouds, rain, oceans, rivers, waterfalls, and lakes.
Dragons in Chinese mythological are considered tremendously significant who signify good fortune, strength, and power. Chinese dragon picks the most significant parts of every powerful animal and amalgamate them all into one body to connate every good in the society. For example in popular culture dragons are thought to borrow its head from camel, and we know that camels in desert of Gobi and along ancient Silk Road, were considered most resilient animals used for trade and transportation. The other parts like: horns of stage are symbol of strength and beauty; eyes of demon represent keen observation and nothing can escape their wrath; the ears of cow listens everything with compassion and due sensitivity; the neck of a snake signify attentiveness with power and pride; the mysterious belly of clam offers food and sometime pearls; the scales of carp make him float and protects him from harm; the claws of eagle and paws of tiger are known for their strength and symbolize unmatched power and grip. The overall composition of Chinese dragon give us a sense of perfection, strength, power, authority, prosperity, and compassion.
Chinese considered themselves as descendants of dragons especially the ancient emperors, and dragons have been dominant spirit that drove Chinese culture. From ancient mythological representation, Chinese dragons made their way to modern festivities and functions and are being celebrated everywhere in East Asian countries like China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, and Thailand. There are nine popular kinds of Chinese dragons, who find their particular significance ubiquitously in Chinese culture from Forbidden City to Chinese Opera with thousands of landmarks being named after dragons or dedicated to dragons. Dragons are associated with five elements of earth and named as Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal Dragons. Dragons find fifth position in zodiac circle and years are named after dragon like other zodiac symbols. People born in Dragon Year are considered to be confident, ambitious, leading, healthy and loving.