Asian Dragon Koi Figural Vases - A Pair
Striking, stately, and very unique pair of large scale figural vases in the form of leaping "dragon carp" made of ...
more Striking, stately, and very unique pair of large scale figural vases in the form of leaping "dragon carp" made of ceramic with high gloss black finish.
Modeled with the mythical fish-like dragon leaping vertically up from foaming waves which form the base, their folded wings and fins partially covering the scaly bodies, the mouth agape flanked by coiled whiskers above their wide eyes and horns, with flared tails at the top exposing the vase vessel. They are highly detailed with incredible texture and have visually stimulating dimension from every angle. The high gloss black finish is chic, classic, and bold, showcasing all of their intricate features. They display beautifully and are truly a memorable, eye-catching decor statement.
15" Tall x 10" Long x 6" Wide
Very good vintage condition- wear consistent with age and history. Straight and stable, with no chips, cracks, visible damage or repairs.
When researching, I found photos of a dragon carp statue that is outside of the Temple of Jade Mountain in Hanoi, Vietnam. Its shape and styling is almost identical. They are also often used in tattoo art because of their strong symbolism and exceptional form. Below is some interesting historical information I found on these emblematic mythical creatures. I hope you find it as fascinating as I do!
"CHINA & JAPAN LORE:
The Carp Who Became a Dragon
The carp (Jp. = Koi 鯉) transforming into a dragon is a common artistic theme from old China. This theme is based on a Chinese legend (Jp. = Koi-no-Takinobori 鯉の滝登り) wherein carp swim, against all odds, up a waterfall known as the “Dragon Gate” at the headwaters of China’s Yellow River. The gods are very impressed by the feat, and reward the few successful carp by turning them into powerful dragons. The story symbolizes the virtues of courage, effort, and perseverance, which correspond to the nearly impossible struggle of humans to attain Buddhahood. In modern Japan, temples and shrines commonly stock their garden ponds with carp, which grow to enormous sizes in a variety of colors. Says JAANUS: Koi-no-Takinobori is the Japanese name for a Chinese legend of a carp that became a dragon after swimming up a waterfall at the headwaters of the Yellow River. This auspicious theme, a parable of effort and success, is linked to the Japanese Boys Day Festival (5th day of fifth month) when carp streamers (koinobori 鯉のぼり) are displayed. The theme was depicted in Edo period art, as for example in the painting by Maruyama Oukyo 円山応挙 (1733-95; Daijouji 大乗寺, Hyogo) or prints by ukiyo-e 浮世絵 artists."
"BUDDHIST & HINDU:
Makara (Sanskrit: मकर) is a sea-creature in Hindu culture. 'Makara' is a Sanskrit word which means "sea dragon" or "water-monster". In Tibetan it is called the "chu-srin",and also denotes a hybrid creature. It is generally depicted as half terrestrial animal in the frontal part and half aquatic animal in the hind part. Makara take many different forms throughout Asia. In Hindu astrology, Makara is equivalent to the sign of Capricorn, tenth of the twelve symbols of the Zodiac.
Makara appears as the vahana (vehicle) of the river goddess Ganga and of the sea god Varuna. Makara are considered guardians of gateways and thresholds, protecting throne rooms as well as entryways to temples; it is the most commonly recurring creature in Hindu and Buddhist temple iconography, and also frequently appears as a Gargoyle or as a spout attached to a natural spring. Makara ornaments are a popular traditional wedding gift for the bride; these makara-shaped earrings called Makarakundalas are sometimes worn by the Hindu gods, for example Shiva, the Destroyer, or the Preserver-god Vishnu, the Sun god Surya, and the Mother Goddess Chandi. Makara is also the insignia of the love god Kamadeva, who has no dedicated temples and is also known as Makaradhvaja, "one whose flag depicts a makara"." less
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