A rustle hurries across the bamboo grove and cuts straight through the sky. Look now, wasn't that a dragon?
The dragon is on top of the chinese world of symbols. It pervades cosmic and mystic imaginations and stands for “Yang“, the male virility. Using its magic, he can make himself as small as a silkworm or so big that he fills up all the space between sky and earth. He can make himself visible to somebody if he wants to, and invisible to somebody else.
When he rises from the water to the sky, the rain covers his body. In the sky he plays with a pearl which is also called the thunderpearl (one of many interpretations of the pearl), which produces the beneficial rain. Often two playing dragons are shown who snatch the pearl from each other or pass it to each other.
Of course the dragon also plays an important role in the decoration of chinese bonsai pots. The pot on this picture is a beautiful example of artistic imagination and has a vibrancy that makes it amost alive.
This cascade pot is not very old yet, about 50 – 60 years. Height 45 x 18 x 18 cm (17 1/2 x 7 x 7 in). The bronze-like black engobe glaze makes the pot look older so that you could imagine it having its place in the gateway of an old enchanted palace.
Photographs by: Bernd Braun
This pot is from the collection of Paul Lesniewicz.
Translation: Heike van Gunst