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30+ Stunning Traditional Paintings of Chinese Dragons and other legendary creatures

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

They symbolize good luck, strength 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

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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

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

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

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

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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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

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

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

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

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

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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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