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The Wind Is His Comb

The wind is his comb, the rain is his bath. His home are the elements fire, water, earth and air.

In China people would immediately know that this can only refer to a dragon. It is on top of the traditional symbols. In this world of symbols it stands for “YANG”, the male virility.

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), which produces the beneficial rain.

On the pot shown in the photographs there are two playing dragons, snatching the pearl from each other or passing it on to each other. A wave meander covers the upper rim. This beautiful pot is located in the bonsai pot museum of Pius Notter. (For visual training and a better understanding of bonsai pots, a visit to the collection of Pius Notter is a must.)


Of all dragons the Chinese dragons touch me most as they symbolize the good in contrast to western dragons. First illustrations go back to the year 8000 B.C They appeared in all dynasties until today. They were most present during the Ming dynasty 1368 – 1644.




Peter Krebs

This article was first published in the swiss bonsai magazine MENSCH UND NATUR.

Translation: Heike van Gunst


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