2/10/2024 to 6/17/2024

2024 Year of the Dragon: Early China to LEGO

Heritage Museum of Asian Art
3500 South Morgan Street
Chicago 60609
(312) 842-8884

The dragon has captivated the Asian continent for thousands of years. Once revered as the bearer of rain, the dragon has been held in high esteem by commoners and nobility alike. In China, the dragon was an imperial image that was reserved for the emperor. A symbol of strength and power, the emperor was at one time referred to as “The Dragon.” Similarly, the dragon was the emblem of the kings of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea. While it has remained a symbol of power, its significance has evolved over time.

This exhibition explores the representation of the dragon over the span of a millenia and three Asian countries. It demonstrates how the form and function of dragon imagery has drastically evolved over the centuries. An imperial dragon robe is juxtaposed with a 20th century dragon belt buckle, a Qing Dynasty imperial throne cover with a LEGO dragon.

Although the dragon is no longer revered as a bringer of rain or associated with imperial authority, the image of the dragon still evokes the same sense of power and mysticism that established it as a multi-cultural wonder thousands of years ago.

Time: During regular hours

Cost: Included with admission

Ages: All ages


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