Nine Dragons Rule the World
高山 ( 豬油白 ) 陳建熙
長 13.2 x 寬 13.2 x 高 22.8 cm
The dragon is a traditional symbol of the Chinese people. It represents the qualities of courage, strength, excellence, and fortune. The number "nine," the highest numeral, is a homonym for "eternity" in Chinese, and has the connotation of a great period of time. Therefore, the number nine implies an unlimited future. The term "nine dragons" can also be used to describe the "nine states," which describes sovereign rule over the whole country. It is then easy to understand that the term "nine dragons" signifies the highest possible honor and respect.
In this piece, the impressive main dragon stands out from a group of minor dragons, all in high-relief, resembling the sight of stars twinkling around the bright moon. The dragon in focus assumes the role of supreme authority. The dragon’s body coils around the stone base, and its scales are joined together in an orderly fashion. The dragon pearl floats downward in the air to symbolize a precious treasure descending directly from heaven. The stone base is cut in a perfect square. The dragon's head is mounted vertically atop the base with glaring eyes staring straight forward depicting the domineering nature of the beast. This is a work long desired by many dragon lovers and enthusiastic art collectors.