Jade Patterns: 9 Sons of the Dragon

In Chinese folk legends, the Dragon has nine sons, and these patterns are often used for Jade jewelry or carvings.

The sons are not dragons themselves, but nine different animals. There are different versions about which animals they are, but basically, the nine animals belong to nine different species.

The legend says that the Dragon has nine sons and they all like different things.

Oldest son of Chinese Dragon

Oldest son of Chinese Dragon

Qiu Niu likes music and sits on the top of a Qin (an orchestral instrument in the Beijing Opera);

Ya Zi likes violence and is often embossed on the hilt of a knife;

Chao Feng likes risks. You can find it on the corner of the roof on ancient buildings;

Pu Lao cries when it is beaten. It sits on the top of a bell to help the sound ring out;

Suan Ni looks like a lion. It likes to sit and smoke. It often appears at the end of an incense holder;

Ba Xia looks like a turtle and has teeth, likes burden, so it always back the stele at the bottom of it;

Bi Gan looks like a tiger and likes indictment. You can find it by the side of the gate of the court and jail;

2nd son of Chinese Dragon

2nd son of Chinese Dragon

Fu Zhi looks like a dragon and is very elegant.  It can often be found wreathed around the top of a stele;

Chi Wen, or Chi Wei, sounds loud and likes to swallow.  It became a holy animal on the top of building sitting on the back of the roof, prevent the building from fire or other dangers.

3rd son of Chinese Dragon

3rd son of Chinese Dragon

4th son of Chinese Dragon

4th son of Chinese Dragon

7th son of Chinese Dragon
7th son of Chinese Dragon
5th son of Chinese Dragon

5th son of Chinese Dragon

8th son of Chinese Dragon
8th son of Chinese Dragon
9th son of Chinese Dragon

9th son of Chinese Dragon

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