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Painting - Dragon and Clouds

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Title Painting - Dragon and Clouds
Subject Dragon and Clouds
Creator Unidentified Korean artist
Format Painted mineral colours on paper
Type Hanging Scroll
Description 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.
  • published inBeth McKillop & Pauline LeMoigne "Tradition and Transformation : two decades of Korean Art and Design at the V&A Museum" in Orientations,Volume 43, number 6, September 2012, pp.83-91.
  • National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage. Daejeon: National Research Institue of Cultural Heritage, 2013, p. 266.
Rights V&A museum
Accession Number FE.48:2-1993 (Part)
Period Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)
Culture Korean
Geographic Origin Korea
Medium Painted mineral colours on paper
Dimensions Length: 126.1cm
Width: 74.5cm
East Asia Collection
Resource URL https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O34889/-painting-unknown/