In East Asian culture, the legendary dragon is a powerful symbol of strength, protection and good luck. In comparison to the depiction of dragons in Western culture, where they are seen as evil creatures, East Asian dragons have been used to ward off evil spirits, protect the innocent and provide overall security to those who posses it. They have also been believed to have auspicious powers that control the sea, wind and rainfall.
It is unclear where the mythical creature originated from but some experts have found links to totems that date back to ancient tribes in China and suggests that they are portrayals of existing reptilian animals such as snakes and crocodiles.
Lladró’s Protective Dragon Sculpture is finished in matt porcelain with 24 karat gold lustre (read more about Lladró’s gold lustre). The dragon’s body is covered with hundreds of scales in a deep red colour that has a slight metallic sheen with hints of gold and black scales. The 24 karat gold lustre ornaments the dragon’s dorsal crest along its back as well as the horns on its head. Balls of fire rest on the dragons front legs and fire represents dynamism and persistence. Most of the sculpture is matt except for the belly of the creature which is in a dark red and black glossy finish. The fire motif can also be seen at the end of its tail. The body of the dragon twists in the shape of an ‘8’ which is the luckiest number in Chinese culture because it represents wealth, prosperity and success. This limited edition piece is limited to 888 numbered piece.
Lladró’s Dragons Dome LED Table Lamp features two dragons decorated in 24 karat gold lustre and are flying in the sky with a backdrop of wave-like cloud motifs carved into the matt white porcelain.