A Japanese porcelain koi dragon resting on the enameled base to simulate bronze with an open mouth and a sphere on the tongue.
Entirely in glazed white porcelain with gold decorations on the fins, tail and long whiskers.
Legend has it that a Koi carp leaping from the depths of the river attracted the attention of local demons, who stepped up the waterfall out of mischief. After a hundred years of jumping, a Koi finally reached the top of the waterfall. The gods recognized the Koi for its perseverance and determination and transformed it into a golden dragon, the image of power and strength.
Koi fish are associated with positive images. Due to the dragon legend, they are known as symbols of strength and perseverance, as seen in their decisive fight upstream. And because of the lone Koi who made it to the top of the waterfall, they are also known as symbols of a fulfilled destiny. The result of his courage in swimming against the current, the Koi is often associated with samurai warriors in Japan.
Meiji period late 19th century
Sizes: 40 x 17 x 14 cm.
Condition report: Good condition
1 900 €