Dragon Symbolism - Oriental Culture and Decorative Art

The oldest cultural manifestations and artistic representations of the dragon appear in the architecture, literature, decorative art , customs and traditions of many countries on the Asian continent; inspiring deep admiration. After all, through art this allegory has survived time to include the energy of its symbologies in our environments.

The decorative dragon represents the divine in us.

Present in the mythology of civilizations that spread throughout the world, especially in the Middle East, East and South Asia , the dragon emerged with the development of mining (around 8,000 BC) and the consequent discovery of prehistoric fossil remains. Therefore, it is not surprising that its image conceptualizes characteristics of different animals.

The dragon figure brings together aspects of many animals such as eagle wings.

In general, the dragon has a reptilian body, whose appearance is sometimes analogous to a lizard and sometimes to a serpent . However, depending on where it manifests itself (water, land or air), it can be characterized with carp whiskers , camel chin , tiger face , deer horns , eagle wings and claws, among other elements.

The most figurative is represented with a ball of fire (or pearl) between the claws or next to the mouth, which configure the materialization of its source of strength .

The symbolism of the decorative dragon sculpture reflects the energy of the environment.

The figure of the dragon symbolizes divine wisdom and the indomitable force of nature with destructive and transforming power. These meanings are also personified in natural elements such as fire in Hindu culture and water in Chinese mythology . Both reinforce the idea of ​​transformation and prosperity , of allowing the end so that the new can be born.

The association with water, in particular, expresses our true essence, the supreme power within us and the paths we need to take to reach, stage by stage, mastery of ourselves. It denotes the meeting of the spiritual nature , which confronts the primitive condition of the instincts with the inner wisdom .

In Chinese mythology, the dragon represents the human essence and the quest for evolution.

Due to so much powerful energy associated with its image, the dragon remains predominant in the decoration of environments , with particular emphasis on Balinese decorative art . Sculptures, masks, mobiles, mandalas and panels are the most traditional craft products - cast in bronze or carved in Suar wood ( Rain Tree) .

The characteristic rustic design developed by Balinese craftsmen allows adding grandeur and warmth to the desired space; especially when coordinating the decorative dragon with pieces that carry the same essence and have a complementary color palette.

The dragons are ideal for all environments and combine with pieces of rustic aesthetics.

It is a fact that the versatility of this Balinese art makes it easily harmonized in all types of environments. But want a tip? Try making it available between plant arrangements or next to the landscaping of a garden! It will certainly enhance the energy that vibrates and will enhance your decoration even more.

We offer an incredible selection of decorative arts with dragons in our online store . Through our collection of mandalas and sculptures , we bring to your environment the magical strength and energetic wealth that dragons keep within themselves. Be sure to check it out!


Milene Sousa - Art & Tune

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