Jade Patterns: 9 Sons of the Dragon

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. 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...

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