Beautiful white ceramic figurine of Year of the Dragon from the Chinese Zodiac. Dragon figurine measures 3 inches tall, 4 1/2 inches wide and 2 inches thick. All ceramic figurines are porcelain figurines. If a ceramic figurine is made of clay that is not porcelain slip, it is technically called a terra cotta figurine.
In China, the dragon is very esteemed and that makes dragons very collectible figurines. In Chinese culture, the Chinese are thought to have descended from flying dragons. Dragons are seen as majestic, powerful, magnetic and fortunate.
Even though the dragons depicted in Chinese mythology are very similar to the dragons in Japanese mythology, there are some differences. The Chinese dragons have four toes on each foot while Japanese dragons have three toes. Chinese dragons are lucky and helpful to humans unlike some mythic Japanese dragons that are depicted as threatening and malevolent. The Japanese dragons are similar to the European dragons. The Year of the Dragon statuette is Chinese.
People all over the world have collected sacred figurines for thousands of years. Fired clay figurines were found in Europe dating back to 30,000 BC. Year of the dragon includes 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, etc.
White porcelain figurine made in the USA.