Dragons are a typical subject of Chinese art. Chinese dragons are mythological creatures in Chinese folklore.

They symbolize good luck, strenght and power, and control over water elements such as rainfall, floods, and typhoons. Dragons play an important role in Chinese culture, art and folklore.

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Dragon and tiger

Dragon and tiger
Hanging scroll (mounted on panel). Ming or Qing dynasty, 17th-19th century. Ink and color on silk.

Dragons in clouds

Dragons in clouds
Album (8 leaves). Artist: Zhou Xun (1649-1729). Qing dynasty, 1684. Ink and color on silk. H x W (image, each): 20.7 x 32.7 cm.
Dragons in clouds
Album (8 leaves). Artist: Zhou Xun (1649-1729). Qing dynasty, 1684. Ink and color on silk. H x W (image, each): 20.7 x 32.7 cm.
Dragons in clouds
Album (8 leaves). Artist: Zhou Xun (1649-1729). Qing dynasty, 1684. Ink and color on silk. H x W (image, each): 20.7 x 32.7 cm.
Dragons in clouds
Album (8 leaves). Artist: Zhou Xun (1649-1729). Qing dynasty, 1684. Ink and color on silk. H x W (image, each): 20.7 x 32.7 cm.
Dragons in clouds
Album (8 leaves). Artist: Zhou Xun (1649-1729). Qing dynasty, 1684. Ink and color on silk. H x W (image, each): 20.7 x 32.7 cm.
Dragons in clouds
Album (8 leaves). Artist: Zhou Xun (1649-1729). Qing dynasty, 1684. Ink and color on silk. H x W (image, each): 20.7 x 32.7 cm.

Ten dragons

Ten Dragons
Handscroll. Formerly attributed to Chen Rong (active 1235-after 1262). Ming dynasty, 15th century? . Ink on paper.
Ten Dragons
Handscroll. Formerly attributed to Chen Rong (active 1235-after 1262). Ming dynasty, 15th century? . Ink on paper.
Ten Dragons
Handscroll. Formerly attributed to Chen Rong (active 1235-after 1262). Ming dynasty, 15th century? . Ink on paper.
Ten Dragons
Handscroll. Formerly attributed to Chen Rong (active 1235-after 1262). Ming dynasty, 15th century? . Ink on paper.
Ten Dragons
Handscroll. Formerly attributed to Chen Rong (active 1235-after 1262). Ming dynasty, 15th century? . Ink on paper.
Ten Dragons
Handscroll. Formerly attributed to Chen Rong (active 1235-after 1262). Ming dynasty, 15th century? . Ink on paper.

Ten DragonsHandscroll. Formerly attributed to Chen Rong (active 1235-after 1262). Ming dynasty, 15th century? . Ink on paper.

Ten DragonsHandscroll. Formerly attributed to Chen Rong (active 1235-after 1262). Ming dynasty, 15th century? . Ink on paper.

Luohans Moving Through Forests and Sea

Luohans Moving Through Forests and Sea
Handscroll. Formerly attributed to Fanlong 梵隆 (active mid-12th century). Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. Ink on paper.

Dragons in clouds and waters

Dragons in clouds and waters
Handscroll. Traditionally attributed to Chen Rong (active 1235-after 1262). Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. Ink and color on paper. H x W (image): 22.8 x 255 cm.
Dragons in clouds and waters
Handscroll. Traditionally attributed to Chen Rong (active 1235-after 1262). Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. Ink and color on paper. H x W (image): 22.8 x 255 cm.
Dragons in clouds and waters
Handscroll. Traditionally attributed to Chen Rong (active 1235-after 1262). Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. Ink and color on paper. H x W (image): 22.8 x 255 cm.
Dragons in clouds and waters
Handscroll. Traditionally attributed to Chen Rong (active 1235-after 1262). Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. Ink and color on paper. H x W (image): 22.8 x 255 cm.
Dragons in clouds and waters
Handscroll. Traditionally attributed to Chen Rong (active 1235-after 1262). Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. Ink and color on paper. H x W (image): 22.8 x 255 cm.

A Dragon's head in clouds

A Dragon's head in clouds
Hanging scroll (mounted on panel). Traditionally attributed to Chen Rong (active 1235-after 1262). Ming dynasty, 1368-1644. Ink on silk.

Luohan with dragon and attendant

 Luohan with dragon and attendant
Hanging scroll (mounted on panel). Ming or Qing dynasty, 17th-19th century. Ink and color on silk

A Dragon and clouds

A Dragon and clouds
Hanging scroll (mounted on panel). Traditionally attributed to Chen Rong (active 1235-after 1262). Ming dynasty, 1368-1644. Ink on silk

Dragon Among Clouds

Dragon Among Clouds
Album leaf. Traditionally attributed to Chen Rong (active 1235-after 1262). Ming dynasty, 1368-1644. Ink on silk.

The dragon king revering the Buddha

The dragon king revering the Buddha
Hanging scroll (mounted on panel). Attributed to Chen Hongshou 陳鴻壽 (1598-1652). Ming dynasty, 1368-1644. Ink and color on silk.

Luohans and animals crossing the sea

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Luohans and animals crossing the sea
Handscroll. Formerly attributed to Li Gonglin (傳)李公麟 (ca. 1049-1106). Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. Ink on paper. H x W (image): 27.8 x 362.6 cm.
Luohans and animals crossing the sea
Handscroll. Formerly attributed to Li Gonglin (傳)李公麟 (ca. 1049-1106). Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. Ink on paper. H x W (image): 27.8 x 362.6 cm.
Luohans and animals crossing the sea
Handscroll. Formerly attributed to Li Gonglin (傳)李公麟 (ca. 1049-1106). Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. Ink on paper. H x W (image): 27.8 x 362.6 cm.
Luohans and animals crossing the sea
Handscroll. Formerly attributed to Li Gonglin (傳)李公麟 (ca. 1049-1106). Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. Ink on paper. H x W (image): 27.8 x 362.6 cm.
Luohans and animals crossing the sea
Handscroll. Formerly attributed to Li Gonglin (傳)李公麟 (ca. 1049-1106). Ming dynasty, 16th-17th century. Ink on paper. H x W (image): 27.8 x 362.6 cm.

Topic: images of Chinese dragons, Chinese dragons painting, Chinese dragon handscroll, Traditional Chinese Art, Chinese dragon art

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