Posted 6 years ago
Another little item from Volunteer's of America. This nicely carved dragon is 13 1/2" long 6" high and only a thin 2" wide. It's made of a fairly light weight reddish wood. There are a few chips to the the tail and spines and he's missing part of his horn on one side. He holds a pearl in his front claw. No marks or labels anywhere. I wonder if it was part of something else such as a cabinet. There are three families of Eastern dragons: 3 toed, 4 toed, and 5 toed. Three toed dragons are Japanese. Four toed dragons are Indonesian or Korean. Five toed dragons are Chinese. Oriental dragons are usually shown with a pearl in their mouth, under their chin, or in their claws. This is apparently where the dragon gets its power, and how it ascends to heaven. I can only count three toes holding the pearl so by rights this is a Japanese dragon, but one of the back legs shows possibly four toes. Confusing...now it becomes a Indonesian or Korean dragon. So for sake of argument it was probably made in China. Now that covers all the bases !