Chinese Dragons

Chinese Dragons

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Presents facts and stories about the meaning and use of dragons in Chinese art, folklore, and customs.

Book News
Enthusiastic rather than scholarly, this small tome is full of facts and stories about the meaning and use of dragons in China. It's illustrated with b&w drawings and a group of color plates. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Ancient artefacts and legends indicate that the concept of dragons was imprinted on the Chinese consciousness as far back as the Neolithic era. The dragon - considered divine by all - was sacred to the people and came to symbolize Chinese imperial power and majesty. Dragons are depicted in a wide variety of enchanting shapes and forms: embroidered or woven into textiles, glazed in pottery, carved into roof beams and temple pillars, designed in light or high relief on screens and panels, and cast in bronze. Dragons can change shape, have particular likes and dislikes, and have specific functions. There are said to be nine sons of the dragon, and a multiplicity of dragon types.
Chinese Dragons takes us on a journey through the intriguing complexities of dragon lore, the evolution of the Chinese dragon, the different types of dragons and their uses, the art of the dragon in all its forms, and dragon legends and sightings. This unique book will appeal to anyone interested in folklore, as well as anyone who has ever been, or has dreamt of going, to China.

Oxford University Press
This richly illustrated volume takes the reader on a journey through the complexities of dragon lore: the evolution of the Chinese dragon, the different types of dragons and their uses, the diverse art inspired by dragons, and dragon legends and sightings.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002
ISBN: 9780195928563
0195928563
Characteristics: vii, 72 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm

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