Dragon fish

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Sketch of the day no 1111 in my moleskine art journal is a gilded wood carving of a Dragon fish 螭吻

The Dragon fish (螭吻 chiwen) in Chinese is literally translated as Hornless dragon lips. 

The mythological creature is one of the Chinese dragon’s nine sons and is believed to ward of evil and swallow fire. 

Another legend is about the carp that jumped over the dragon’s gate. It is believed that once in a while, a carp through perseverance and determination manages to swim up river and successfully jumps over the dragon’s gate, turning the carp into a dragon. 


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