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Late Meiji Restoration Nihon no ry (dragon themed) Sugi Wood Inro with matching Netsuke and Ojime. Signed by artist.

SKU: Inro, Sugi Wood $495.00
Intricately carved by a master artisan with ebony inset dragon eyes all suspended on silk cord. Wonderful patina and oxidized interior. Dimensions: 8.2mm x 5.7mm x 2.4mm. Japanese dragon myths amalgamate native legends with imported stories about dragons from China, Korea and India. The style of the dragon was heavily influenced by the Chinese dragon. Like these other Asian dragons, most Japanese Dragons are water deities associated with rainfall and bodies of water, and are typically depicted as large, wingless, serpentine creatures with clawed feet. There are two basic types of Japanese dragons. One is found in the sky or clouds. The other is found in bodies of water or rain. Dragons are believed to control rain, fire and the earth. It's believed that the dragon originated in Japan with only three toes and as it migrated North, it gained another toe. It finally traveled far north where it received its fifth and final additional toe or claw. Depictions of dragons are used throughout Japanese culture as symbols of strength, courage and magic. Unlike the dragons found in Western mythology, Asian dragons don't have wings but most can fly. Asian dragons can fly due to a knot on top of its head called Chi'ih muh, which magically enables it to fly. Some dragons can also live underneath the water and were believed to reside in large bodies of water such as lakes and oceans. Dragons are the embodiment of yin and yang. The Japanese Dragon, as with most Asian dragons are slender and long like a snake and are a composite of nine different animals with chin whiskers. a Deer - Horns a Camel - Head a Rabbit - Eyes a Snake - Neck a Cockle - Abdomen a Carp - Scales a Eagle - Claws a Tiger - Paws a Ox - Ears