|Title||Painting - Dragon and Clouds|
|Subject||Dragon and Clouds|
|Creator||Unidentified Korean artist|
|Format||Painted mineral colours on paper|
The yellow dragon outlined in blue is depicted writhing among clouds, chasing a flaming pearl. Flames rise from his four legs and an impression of forceful forward motion is conveyed by the dramatic foreshortening of the dragon's forequarters in the lower centre.
Colour: Blue, yellow, black
The dragon flying through dark clouds is painted in five directional colours, yellow, blue, white, red, and black, reflecting the ancient Chinese thought of ohaeng. Dragons are a traditional symbol of sovereign authority, water control, state protection, defence against evil spirits, and good auspice. They are therefore frequently portrayed in paintings. The dragon in this picture is painted in yellow. A yellow dragon symbolizes the middle of the universe or the king’s power, since yellow indicates the centre among the five directional colours. When dragons are depicted along with clouds, it underlines a wish for rain.
|Accession Number||FE.48:2-1993 (Part)|
|Period||Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)|
|Medium||Painted mineral colours on paper|
East Asia Collection