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Return of the Dragon

The Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College is currently hosting Return of the Dragon, and exhibition featuring dragon-themed works in a diversity of mediums. Most notably, Coiling Dragon, a large bronze that has been a perennial favorite of the AMAM’s Asian collection, has returned to the sculpture court.

September 1, 2015 10:00am to June 5, 2016 5:00pm

Dragons appear in East Asian folk tales, mythology, and all of the region’s major religious traditions. Unlike the fire-breathing, gold-hoarding, maiden-kidnapping variety in Western mythology, in East Asia the dragon is most often a positive symbol as harbinger of rain and controller of floods and storms. In imperial China, the dragon also served as the preeminent symbol of the emperor. Return of the Dragon highlights the enduring legacy of dragon imagery and symbolism in Asian art.

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