This vintage Chinese cloisonne vase has a very distinct 5 toe dragon pattern, with two dragons fighting each other . The bottom of the vase is blue green, the largest part of the vase is blue. The Chinese dragon and its depictions today follow very specific guidelines. As nine is a divine number in Chinese tradition, the dragon is composed of nine animals. The dragon’s features are an amalgam of a stag’s horns, a camel’s head, demon eyes, a snake neck, a belly like a clam, carp scales, a hawk’s claws, tiger paws, and ears like a cow. The number of scales of the dragon is 117 the sum of 81 which are imbued with the essence of yin and 36 yang, both numbers that are multiples of nine. Chinese dragons are also special in their abilities; they can fly without wings, shape-shift, be as large as the universe or as small as a silkworm. The symbol of the Chinese five-clawed dragon is a very prevalent one, especially in art of the Ming and Qing dynasties. It was carved into doors, embroidered on robes, and painted onto ceramics, among other pieces.
The stand is a round one with four curved legs and a reticulated skirt. Condition of both vase and base is good, there are no flaws.
Measurements are: largest diameter 3 7/8", height 8 1/4", base is 3 3/4" diameter and 3 3/8" tall.
Vintage Chinese Cloisonne Vase Dragon with Stand