Teamwork is what brings the fierce dragons to life at the Chinese festivals and this great hand painted eglomise ornament captures the energy of the dancers as they work together. Long revered in Chinese culture, the dragon is the symbol of good luck and is believed to possess the qualities of great power, wisdom, dignity and auspiciousness. The dragon dance originated in the Han Dynasty and was a way to celebrate the farmers and their harvest. It takes a coordinated effort by a team of dancers to hold the poles of the lifeless dragon and move in a spirited wave like pattern that is both fluid and fierce. It is now a special performance of the arts and is part of Chinese celebrations around the world.
This ornament is symbolic of the importance of teamwork, the great qualities of the revered dragon and the festive spirit of Chinese celebration. The special technique called eglomise, or reverse painting that is used to create this ornament makes it truly one of a kind. For this technique of painting, the artist uses a hook shaped brush to paint the interior of the glass orb with the fierce dragon and the festive performers. Because the design is painted inside the glass it protects the glass from wear and tear. A red cord is attached for hanging. Packaged in a red fabric box. Made in China. (Discontinued)
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