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Chinese Dragon Statues

Representing physical and political power, good luck, and the natural elements, the dragon has been a poignant symbol of Chinese culture throughout the ages. Depictions of the Chinese dragon can be found in remnants of the fifth millennium B.C., but the origin of this mythical creature is unclear. It is believed that perhaps the ancient Chinese interpreted the found bones of dinosaurs as the bones of the serpentine figure.

The ancient Chinese believed themselves and all animals to be descendants of the dragon. This belief is evident in the Chinese dragon statues, which depict the dragon as an assemblage of many animals including a stag, snake, clam, camel, horse, carp, tiger, eagle, and cow. The diverse anatomical elements differ in various interpretations.

Though few people still believe that the dragon is a real creature, dragon worship is still very common. The years of the dragon in the Chinese zodiac are the most popular years to give birth, and dragon dances are still performed during yearly Chinese New Year celebrations.


Quick Facts

  • Chinese dragons are representative of bodies of water. According to ancient beliefs, there are four major dragons that represent the four seas
  • Imperial power was also closely associated with dragons, and dragon statues often flanked the palaces and tombs of the emperor
  • The characteristics of a Chinese dragon were usually defined in multiples of nine. A dragon is a conglomerate creature of nine animals; there are nine forms of a dragon, and nine mythical sons of the dragon

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Chinese cast metal figure of swirling dragon (H:15 cm)
Apr 18, 1:00 PM AEST
Chinese cast metal figure of swirling dragon (H:15 cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD252 Bids
Chinese bone carved dragon on stand
Apr 22, 12:00 PM PDT
Chinese bone carved dragon on stand
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $30- $90
$101 Bid
THREE CIRCULAR JADE CARVINGS
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CDT
THREE CIRCULAR JADE CARVINGS
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $300- $600
$1501 Bid
A CHENXIANG DRAGON PLAQUE
Apr 23, 8:00 PM EDT
A CHENXIANG DRAGON PLAQUE
by NC Auctioneer Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1001 Bid
(2) A PAIR OF JADES CARVED CHINESE ANCIENT DRAGON GRAIN PATTERN.Z080.
Apr 20, 11:00 AM EDT
(2) A PAIR OF JADES CARVED CHINESE ANCIENT DRAGON GRAIN PATTERN.Z080.
by Metropolitan Auction of Art Inc.
Est: $25,000- $35,000
$9,5001 Bid
Large Antique Chinese Framed Jade Plaque Dragons
Apr 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Large Antique Chinese Framed Jade Plaque Dragons
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $20- $15,000
$201 Bid
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CHINESE HAND CARVED GREEN TONE STONE DRAGON BOAT A/F
Apr 18, 9:00 AM AEST
CHINESE HAND CARVED GREEN TONE STONE DRAGON BOAT A/F
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
Exquisite Hetian Jade Hand-Carved Dragon Statue
Apr 24, 9:00 PM EDT
Exquisite Hetian Jade Hand-Carved Dragon Statue
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $180- $280
$900 Bids
玉雕三螭龍環
Apr 21, 1:00 PM CST
玉雕三螭龍環
by Treasure Art
Est: NT$0- NT$0
NT$5,0000 Bids
Chinese porcelain dragon
Apr 20, 9:00 AM CEST
Chinese porcelain dragon
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €1,000- €3,000
€1,0000 Bids
A Chinese Carved Jasper Dragon
Apr 27, 9:30 AM EDT
A Chinese Carved Jasper Dragon
by Luban Antique
Est: $100- $300
$200 Bids
Jade Dragon-Hog Ornament
Apr 23, 8:30 PM EDT
Jade Dragon-Hog Ornament
by Hotspot Auctions
Est: $3,500- $5,500
$5000 Bids
A WARRING STATES PERIOD & HAN DYNASTY STYLE HeTian JADE CARVING 'Dragon' PANDENT.
Apr 18, 11:00 AM JST
A WARRING STATES PERIOD & HAN DYNASTY STYLE HeTian JADE CARVING 'Dragon' PANDENT.
by Tomikai Auction
Est: ¥10,000- ¥20,000
¥10,0000 Bids
A WARRING STATES TO HAN DYNASTY STYLE JADE CARVING OPENWORK 'Tiger & Dragon' DISCUS.
Apr 18, 11:00 AM JST
A WARRING STATES TO HAN DYNASTY STYLE JADE CARVING OPENWORK 'Tiger & Dragon' DISCUS.
by Tomikai Auction
Est: ¥40,000- ¥80,000
¥20,0000 Bids
A LIAO TO JIN DYNASTY STYLE HeTian JADE 'Dragon' ORNAMENT.
Apr 18, 11:00 AM JST
A LIAO TO JIN DYNASTY STYLE HeTian JADE 'Dragon' ORNAMENT.
by Tomikai Auction
Est: ¥10,000- ¥20,000
¥10,0000 Bids
Chinese jade openwork dragon plaque
Apr 19, 9:30 AM PDT
Chinese jade openwork dragon plaque
by Clars Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
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Antique Chinese jade dragon arch, attributed to Shang dynasty, 1600-1046 BC
May 11, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique Chinese jade dragon arch, attributed to Shang dynasty, 1600-1046 BC
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$4000 Bids
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Antique Chinese Jade sitting dragon
May 11, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique Chinese Jade sitting dragon
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $5,000- $10,000
$1,0000 Bids
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Antique carved Stone carved Dragon, Chinese Grass script
May 11, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique carved Stone carved Dragon, Chinese Grass script
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $300- $1,000
$2000 Bids
Gilt-bronze Dragon Ornament
Apr 18, 2:00 PM PDT
Gilt-bronze Dragon Ornament
by Walnut Tree Auction House, Inc
Est: $6,000- $9,000
$1,2000 Bids
CHINESE SHOUSHAN TIANHUANG STONE ORNAMENT, 'DRAGON PURSUING PEARL AND GANODERMA', 'SHANG JUN' MARK
Apr 15, 9:30 AM EDT
CHINESE SHOUSHAN TIANHUANG STONE ORNAMENT, 'DRAGON PURSUING PEARL AND GANODERMA', 'SHANG JUN' MARK
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $7,000- $12,000
$3,0000 Bids
CHINESE ANTIQUE JADE ORNAMENT, 'DRAGON'
Apr 18, 9:30 AM EDT
CHINESE ANTIQUE JADE ORNAMENT, 'DRAGON'
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $2,500- $5,500
$1,6000 Bids
CHINESE HETIAN JADE PLAQUE, 'DRAGON'
Apr 18, 9:30 AM EDT
CHINESE HETIAN JADE PLAQUE, 'DRAGON'
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $1,500- $3,500
$1,1000 Bids
CHINESE HETIAN JADE TOGGLE BUTTON, 'DRAGON'
Apr 18, 9:30 AM EDT
CHINESE HETIAN JADE TOGGLE BUTTON, 'DRAGON'
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $3,000- $7,200
$2,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Dragon Statues


Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

California Asian Art Auction Gallery USA

California Asian Art Auction Gallery USA

Wealthier Art & Auction

Wealthier Art & Auction