Chinese "Nine Dragons" Panting by Chen Rong of Chinese Sung Dynasty is in the museum of fine arts Boston. This panting was once collected by the Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) of Qing Dynasty. It was last sold for $25,000 to the Boston museum in 1917.

Chen Rong's Nine Dragons depicts nine dragons flying in mountains, clouds or torrents with different postures and full of imagination. Later, Chinese named nine dragons are Heavenly Dragon, Earthly Dragon, Water Dragon, Fire Dragon, Fortune Dragon, Power Dragon, Longevity Dragon, Happiness Dragon and Wealth Dragon.

Panorama View Nine Dragons Chinese Panting

This is the complete of Chinese Nine Dragons Painting, which is painted by Chen Rong in Sung Dynasty, around 1244 AD. Currently, this painting is a collection of Boston museum.

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In 2017, hen Rong's "Six Dragons" was sold at Christie's in New York at a price of 43.5 million US dollars. It added up to $48,967,500 including the commission. The image dimension of "Six Dragons" painting is 34.3 x 440.4 cm. The image dimension of "Nine Dragons" painting is 46.2 x 958.4 cm. The value of "Nine Dragons" should be three times more than "Six Dragons".

Chen Rong (1200-1266) of Chinese Southern Song Dynasty was good at drawing dragons. Before Song Dynasty, images of dragons in artworks were fairly abstract and mysterious-looking. Chen Rong's dragons gives people a senses of shocking power. The style of dragons in Song Dynasty became more vivid creature. Chen Rong's dragons became genuine, authentic, undisputed and representational Chinese dragons. There are only a few of Chen Rong's paintings left now.

A total of 22 pieces of Chen Rong's works are still in existence today. 11 pieces are in China and Taiwan. Six pieces are in Japan and five pieces are in USA.

  • "Kowloon Map" is collected in the Boston Museum of Art
  • "Five Dragons" is collected in the Nelson Museum of Art, Kansas City
  • "Clouds and Rains" is collected in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
  • "Dragon Flying Cloud Map" is collected in Museum of Art at Princeton University
  • "Shuanglong Opera Chart" is collected in the St. Louis Art Museum.

Chinese dragon cultrure carries down from Chinese I-Ching. That means Chinese talked about dragon before 2900 B.C. Dragon is a triphibious animal. It can survive on the ground, in the water, and in the sky. Mystic, powerful and unreachable charactortics makes dragons as a privilge icon for Chinese emperors. Dragon Philosophy of I-Ching impacts the Chinese philosophy of the life for thousands of years.

There are nine dragons engraved on the wall and ground in the Forbidden City in Beijing, the imperial palace of Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1912). Nine is the highest digit and stands for top rank. Nine is also related to the sky in I-Ching. That's why the imperial robes of Qing Dynasty also have nine dragons on them. Chinese legendary dragon has nine sons.


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