An impressive Vietnamese lacquerware picture featuring a water dragon. This picture started out as a simple piece of wood, it then went through the lacquering process which involved many layers of lacquer and lots of polishing, which gives the almost black colouring transforming to deep red tones throughout the piece. It was then inlaid with mother of pearl which gives the most striking sheen and contrast to the lacquered background. Finally it was coated with more lacquer and then finished with wax to give the highly polished effect.
More information on the process can be found at: http://vietnameseartwork.com/Item.aspx?ItemID=8193
In Vietnamese folk lore and mythology, the Vietnamese people believe that they are descended from a dragon and a fairy. The dragon is symbolic of authority; the emperor, the prosperity and power of the nation. It also brings rain for agriculture and is the symbol for ‘Yang’ representing the universe, life, existence, and growth.
Because the people lived by rivers, they believed the crocodile to be a dragon, the ‘Giao Long’. It was said that the dragon is the combined image of crocodile, snake, cat, rat and bird.
This beautiful piece measures approx. 60 x 30 x 1cm. There is a small chip (12mm x 5mm) to the top right edge and a feint scratch to the top left side (10mm). Both are hardly noticeable but are reflected in the price. There is a silver hanging loop on the back. There is no maker’s mark.
A striking piece of wall art.