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Antique Chinese carved wooden Water Dragon Deity


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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1910: Item # 960412

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According to Chinese culture, the water dragon is One of the nine sons (species) of the Dragon. The water dragon has the head of a dragon, the body of the fish, and a big mouth which allows him to swallow large objects. Because of their wisdom, water dragons are used as the Mascots particularly for students. They are usually found at the eaves of the roof, and are in charge of putting out fires. (If you check with the houses of Forbidon City, you will find water dragons in the eaves of the rooftops.) In rural areas of China, the water dragons is also considered to be the spirit responsible for controling the amount of rainfall. Thus, the mythical deity, the Chinese water dragon is protector from fire, floods and drought. These duties are attributed to the water dragon because of his love of water.

This mythical Chinese water dragon is carved from a large block of camphor wood. He is 12 inches high, 9 inched wide and 11 inches deep. Though he is now somewhat docile from age, a couple of chipped teeth and a few old nicks attest to his fiery nature and add to his personal charm.