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This is a presentation for my Asian Art course on the symbolic dragon as seen in Chinese Art.

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  1. 1. Dragon Symbolism in Chinese Art
  2. 2. Early Depictions Belt Plaque with Dragon 2 nd Century BCE Gilded bronze Metropolitan Museum of Art Rhyton-Type Cup 6 th Century Porcelaneous ware with relief decoration under clear glaze Metropolitan Museum of Art
  3. 3. Symbol of the Emperor <ul><li>“ A Five-footed dragon was symbolic of the emperor or imperial house.” (Brill, 8) </li></ul><ul><li>Emperors are referred to as “The True Dragon, Son of Heaven” </li></ul><ul><li>Emperor Quin believed himself to be a descendent of a dragon </li></ul><ul><li>Dragon symbolized power, authority, as well as the ancient court </li></ul>
  4. 4. Five-Clawed Dragon Robe Qing dynasty (1644-1911) 18th century Metropolitan Museum of Art Imperial Chinese throne of the Qianlong emperor (reigned 1735–96), Qing dynasty; in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
  5. 5. Qing dynasty (1644–1911) Cup with Dragon and Lotus 18 th Century Rhinoceros Horn Metropolitan Museum of Art The Twelve Dragon Guests 19 th Century Ink Metropolitan Museum of Art
  6. 6. The Dragon and the Phoenix <ul><li>The partnership of the dragon and phoenix is akin to that of the Emperor and the Empress in Chinese symbolism. (Dragon and Phoenix in Chinese Architecture) </li></ul><ul><li>Images of the two used in ceremonial wares (NPM) </li></ul><ul><li>Symbols were used as early as Neolithic age in China (NPM) </li></ul>K'ang-hsi coin charm, 1622-1722
  7. 7. Panel with Dragon, Phoenix, and Peonies Ming dynasty (1368-1644) 16 th century Metropolitan Museum of Art Incense Burner with Dragon, Phoenix, and Sea Creatures Ming dynasty (1368–1644) 16 th century Metropolitan Museum of Art
  8. 8. Totems <ul><li>3,700-year-old dragon Totem found in YanshiCity of central China's Henan Province (Xinhua News Agency November 1, 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Totem: “A symbol of the relatives, ancestors or patron saints of a group, mainly in order to distinguish one group from another ( </li></ul>
  9. 9. Pottery <ul><li>Images of dragons were seen on commonly used items such as this jar from central China, from the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368.) The image of the phoenix is also featured on this piece. Metropolitan Museum of Art </li></ul>
  10. 10. Nature of the Dragon <ul><li>The dragon has a playful, benevolent and honorable nature in Chinese art as opposed to the images of dragons as monsters in Medieval lore (NPM) </li></ul>Dragon-form Tile Roof Ridge Terminal, Late 16th-early 17th century (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art) Medallion, St. George Slaying The Dragon 17th century Slavic (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  11. 11. Dragon and Tiger <ul><li>The tiger and dragon symbolize Yin and Yang. The dragon is associated with fire and the tiger water. (Metropolitan Museum of Art) </li></ul>Embroidery with tiger-dragon Liao dynasty (907–1125) Metropolitan Museum of Art Bronze mirror with tiger and dragon decor, China, Three Kingdom period (220-280)
  12. 12. Work Cited <ul><li>&quot; Dragon and Phoenix in Chinese Architecture - China Culture.&quot; Arts - China Culture. Web. 03 July 2011. < >. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Throne: Throne of Emperor Qianlong -- Encyclopedia Britannica Online.&quot; Encyclopedia - Britannica Online Encyclopedia. Web. 03 July 2011. <>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;K'ang Hsi Coin Charm.&quot; Ancient Chinese Coinage Web Site. Web. 03 July 2011. < >. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art | Current Exhibitions.&quot; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art | Kansas City, Missouri. Web. 03 July 2011. <>. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Work Cited Cont. <ul><li>Chinese Totem.&quot; Web. 03 July 2011. <>. </li></ul><ul><li>(1665–1755), Jean-Louis Lemoyne. &quot;Collection Database | Works of Art | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.&quot; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Web. 03 July 2011. <>. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Archaeologists Find Oldest Chinese Dragon Totem.&quot; - China News, Weather, Business, Travel & Language Courses. Web. 03 July 2011. <>. </li></ul>