Evolved from a pre-historic totemic animal, the dragon has become a symbol of China to the world. Chinese people everywhere take pride in considering themselves descendants of this mythical creature.

Art Exhibition previously on at Art Gallery of New South Wales in New South Wales, Australia.
From Wednesday 18 January 2012 to Sunday 06 May 2012

Dragon image

Published by Art Gallery of New South Wales on Thursday 12 January 2012.
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Celebrating 2012 as the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac, this exhibition showcases artworks that carry the dragon motif, either from the Gallery’s collection or on loan.

Encompassing bronzes, porcelains, textiles, paintings and calligraphy, it examines the creature’s diverse meanings and manifestations in Chinese art, ritual and politics, while pieces from Japan and Chinese exportware demonstrate how the dragon has been adopted by cultures outside China.