TALES OF DRAGON BY ZHENXU WU

Dragon, a legendary culture, features in East Asian myths. Distinct from European cultural traditions, dragon in East Asia is the highest-ranking animal in the animal hierarchy, strongly associated with the supreme power of emperor. In tales, dragons symbolize auspicious, which means dragons guard against disasters. Today, in China, people still use the term 'Descendants of the Dragon' as a sign of ethnic identity. 

Chen Rong depicted a dragon flying in a harsh storm. The flying dragon appears to be calm, that contrasts with violent thunder and roaring waves. It reflects potent power of dragons.
It is a porcelain plate produced in Qing Dynasty. The two dragons on the surface is composed of dark blue glaze. It depicts two dragons are playing with a pearl and the movement is true to life.
It depicts a dragon above mountains, flying towards ocean. Its scary face suggests the ability of controlling over nature. Its giant body contrasts with mountains, which implies its supreme strength.
The dragon robe made of silk, with embroidery of four dragons suggests dragon represents power of emperor. Emperor is the highest in the human hierarchy, as dragon is the highest in animals.
The stone seal with relief of dragon is exclusively used by emperor. The dragon on the seal appears to brandish himself, and its solid texture represents solemnity of imperial power.
Influenced by Chinese culture, dragons in Japan, also represent potent power. In the artwork, the dragon stares at the top of firmament without fear against black, which reflects its supreme position.
The ferocious dragon rolling waves to form storms contrasts with the peace ocean, that suggests dual nature of this legendary animal. They are not only powerful but also destructive.
The dragon with a scary face against swirly sky demonstrate its aggressive nature. It appears to rush out of the picture and attack. Perspective is used in it to shape a three-dimensional dragon.
A female poet is praying for rain, and dragon responses to her summon. The scary and powerful dragon contrasts with the puny but brave Komachi, that reflects dragon worship.
The dragon is flying through clouds, waving its body. Part of body is hidden in clouds, but with its movement a powerful dragon could be imaged. The giant body covered by scales suggests its strength.
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