Large (Six Feet Tall) and Powerful Joseon Dynasty Dragon Painting mounted on Gold Silk. Unlike the stereotyped dragon paintings we see in other countries, each Korean dragon painting has a unique personality. This large and regal example is a dynamic rendering of Korea's dragon god who brings both rain and good fortune. His face is full of life and his body writhes with energy as he flies through clouds cleverly and beautifully rendered in the shape of waves of the sea (because he brings rain). Rain gives life and growth to all living things, so the dragon is a symbol of creation, growth, and fertility. Therefore, the dragon god was the most important deity in the old agrarian Korean society. When Koreans prayed to the mighty dragon for rain and blessings, they were hoping for a dragon as powerful as this one to answer their prayers. Ink and colors on paper and mounted on silk. Mounting: 70 x 26 inches, 178 x 66 cm; Painting: 52 x 21 inches, 132 x 53.5 cm.