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Unique Wood Dragon Sculpture from Indonesia, "Dragon with Pearl Ball"

The legend of the dragon and the pearl inspires Seji Taram as he carves a sculpture of powerful beauty. Kinabalu the dragon guarded a grand pearl that the Chinese Emperor desired. He sent Wee Ping and Wee San to get the pearl to retrieve it, and Wee... more

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The legend of the dragon and the pearl inspires Seji Taram as he carves a sculpture of powerful beauty. Kinabalu the dragon guarded a grand pearl that the Chinese Emperor desired. He sent Wee Ping and Wee San to get the pearl to retrieve it, and Wee San plotted a way to trick the dragon and steal the pearl by waiting until Kinabalu went out for food. Then the brothers would fly to the top of the mountain on a kite, take the pearl and replace it with a fake. However, Kinabalu wasn't fooled, and he went after the brothers, who were now on their ship. As the dragon approached, Wee San ordered the dragon be shot with the cannon and Kinabalu, thinking the cannon ball was his precious pearl, swallowed it and died. Wee Ping lied and said it had been him who had come up with the plan, and that it was he, not his brother, who managed to steal it from the dragon. Wee San wanted no more trouble over the silly pearl, so he said nothing and left China. Eventually he became the happy ruler of the Brunei. Wee Ping was not so lucky, for his lying brought him nothing but sadness.

  • 0.73 kgs
  • 1.6 lbs
  • 22.3 cm H x 12 cm W x 14 cm D
  • 8.75" H x 4.7" W x 5.5" D

  • Suar wood
  • Each artwork is unique -- wood grain, color, and pattern will differ slightly from picture
  • Signed by the artist
  • Made in Indonesia.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Indonesiaicon info
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George

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01/25/2020

"Extraordinary detail"

I have purchased several dragons each with incredible detail and visual realism. I love these carvings and exhibit them with pride. Thank you so much for these amazing examples of your work and skill - George

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Paula

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03/23/2024

"Dragon Magic"

Beautiful craftsmanship: a lovely addition to my mantle.

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Virginia

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01/14/2024

"Absolutely beautiful."

Dragon sits on a polished deep red polished table in my living room. Looks stunning. Piece is beautifully made and a pleasure to see.

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Ian

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12/21/2023

"Wonderful detail!"

This was a great gift for my son - - beautiful work. Thank you very much!

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  • This was a gift for: Son
  • Occasion: Christmas

Catherine Ryan

From California

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12/15/2023

"Extraordinary"

So beautifully hand-carved. This has been placed indoors above a window frame, beautifully embellishing it. Thank you.

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Robin

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12/12/2023

"Beautiful"

Love movement and detail

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