T'ang Dragon

Sci fi/Fantasy image by

Pamela Marin-Kingsley

At home in its element of fire, this dragon was inspired by an ancient motif I saw on a T'ang Dynasty bronze vase (A.D. 618-906). I like to find a historical motif and try to update it and make it more modern and meaningful. The Chinese ideogram for dragon is on the left side in a large gold swash. Most lovers of fantasy understand the power of old symbols, and I am no different. In this image, I tried to bridge the gap between the Eastern and Western interpretations of the dragon. In China, the dragon is seen as a bringer of rain and associated with sky and weather phenomena and good fortune. In the West, the dragon is viewed as fire-breathing and dangerous, a nasty virgin-eating hoarder of wealth and knowledge. In both traditions, the dragon is powerful, intelligent and symbolic of an intense spirit to be emulated and feared. I also like stylized images and in this instance, gave into that poster kind of representation. Comments welcomed!

Published More than a year ago

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