The dragon of the clouds is portrayed in this 150-year-old painting that is from a uniquely Korean genre called "functional painting." Although often called folk art, such Korean works differed from folk art as the term is used elsewhere because in Korea they usually were executed by trained, professional artists or by painter-monks rather than by amateurs. The paintings had useful and magical functions such as warding off evil or ensuring happiness and longevity and were necessary to life in all dwellings from palaces to huts. This dragon, as guardian of the east, spirit of change and symbol of spring, renewal and strength, fulfilled an important role. It is done in watercolor on paper, mounted on silk and framed in the traditional Korean manner. A repair on the left side of the painting is visible but otherwise it is in good condition. Dimensions framed: height 17 1/2" (44 cm), width 16" (41 cm), depth 1" (2 cm). Dimensions of image: height 12" (31 cm), width 11" (28 cm).