Auspicious Dragon Presenting Its Pearl
長 3.95 x 寬 2.08 x 高 2.7 cm 重 40.4 g
Dragon and pearl often appear together in sculptures and paintings. Zhuangzi stated that "A pearl of this value must have been kept under the chin of the Black Dragon." Piya of the Siku Quanshu also mentioned "the Dragon’s pearl under the chin." The dragon symbolizes rain and clouds. Its precious pearl represents moon or thundering clouds. Dragon and pearl, when appearing together, symbolize the moon covered by clouds, or looming thunder clouds. Splashing rain stands for good weather for the crops, and points to exorcising evil spirits and praying for good fortune.
This piece of art is a fascinating work of high-relief sculpture. The fine workmanship in the dragon's head is carved to prominently display its sublime majesty. The scales on the dragon's body are intricately shaped which each individual scale finely formed. The dragon's claws and flying clouds are also treated with great care. The very delicate work exemplifies perfection in an ancient auspicious beast. The texture of this stone is smooth with well-defined grains. The surface layer of the dragon pearl glimmers in a golden hue. This Tianhuang represents the highest caliber in terms of craftsmanship and stone quality.