Galleries : Fairytales & Mythology : Climbing the Dragon Gate III

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7x17 inch giclee print ($30.00)

In Chinese and Japanese legend the lowly carp spends its life trying to swim up the Yellow River. At the source of the river is a great roaring waterfall. If the koi were able to swim up that waterfall, it would be rewarded and transformed into a dragon. Thus, the koi is a symbol of personal advancement, perseverance, determination in the face of impossible obstacles, and inner strength. The journey of the carp to become a dragon was a metaphor for young scholars passing the Chinese state exams and become a mandarin.

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Size: 6 x 18 inches
Medium: Watercolors
©2012, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
Original: Sold

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