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ARCHITECTURE & ICONOGRAPHY

 

 

 

  dragon and cloud patterns

 

China

Akin to dragon pillars (fig.), these large bronze vessels in Beijing International Airport have patterns of dragons, i.e. ancient symbols of immortality, wisdom and might, as well as clouds or cloud scrolls, i.e. symbols of a desirable destiny, as the Chinese word for cloud is homophonous with the word for luckiness.