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Climbing the Dragon Gate by puimun Climbing the Dragon Gate by puimun
Medium: Watercolors
Size: 12x17 inches
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In Chinese and Japanese legend the lowly carp spends its life trying to swim up the Yellow River. At the source of the river is a great roaring waterfall. If the koi were able to swim up that waterfall, it would be rewarded and transformed into a dragon. Thus, the koi is a symbol of personal advancement, perseverance, determination in the face of impossible obstacles, and inner strength. The journey of the carp to become a dragon was a metaphor for young scholars passing the Chinese state exams and become a mandarin.
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Supuhstar Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol dA derped
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Lizzie3399 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
it says the image doesn't exist :/
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kxmp Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
image doesn't exist
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JenniferAnneEsposito Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is fantastic!, the most beautiful watercolour paintings i have seen. luv the water colour with watercolors! ^-^ nice job!
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wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist
wow
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starlitewolf Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your amazing ;-;
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carnival Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
absolutely amazing illustration of an idea :'3 thanx for sharing!
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Inversidom-Riot Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
your art is really amazing and beautiful
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AnnieGitUrGuns Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
God this is just amazing. Amazing. Your art never ceases to leave me in awe. I have this legend tattooed on me. :)
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weapingwillows Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
love it
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