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Chinese Dragon Chart Book

Chinese Dragon Chart Book

Code: 961406
Design size 11½" x 17½" (29cm x 44.5cm) when worked on 14 count Aida fabric.

The dragon stands as a symbol of the great unity of the Chinese nation. The Chinese and those of Chinese origin consider themselves, with a certain amount of pride, 'descendants from the dragon'. It first appeared about six or seven thousand years ago. The image of a dragon at first may have looked like a snake but with the input of different clans, the image turned out to be more and more complicated with the additions of a camel's or horse's head, a hare's eyes, a tiger's nose, an ox's ear, a serpent's neck, a crocodile's feet, a horse's mane and tail, a fish's scales, a dog's leg, an eagle's talons, a tiger's paws, a deer's antlers, etc. All these additions can be verified either by historical records and relics or by folk customs. The dragon was able to change from one form into another within a few seconds, from fat to thin and from tall to short. It could also rise to heaven and descend to the depths of the sea. So the dragon is a supernatural creature that can take on any form.
As the different groups of people from ancient China were in contact with each other more and more, they started to invest their dragons with fantasy. After a long time one picture evolved from all the different dragons. Thus the dragon is a product of imagination, a mystical creature that has been worshipped by the Chinese for centuries. The dragon is depicted in many forms in modern Chinese art and by ethical and cultural minorities who see it as human, a fish or an alligator. The dragon is closely connected with the clothing, food, housing, transport and spiritual life of all nationalities in China, who also enjoy staging dragon-lantern dances and dragon-boat races at various festivals. Although it was the symbol of the emperor, people used to worship the dragon chiefly because they believed that it could bring timely wind and rain for the crops. Therefore, the dragon serves as a symbol of harmony, the fundamental spirit of Chinese culture and the cohesive force of the Chinese nation.
The Chinese calligraphy in the top left corner of the design means 'The dragon soars into the sky'.

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