Galleries : Undying Tales 2019/2020 : UT 29 - Carp



CARP - 6.5x6.5 inches $225.00 (SOLD)
Dragon Gate - 4.5x7 inches $175.00 (SOLD)

Highlighted species: Common Carp - Cyprinus carpio

Range: lakes and rivers in Europe & Asia

The Dragon Gate 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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Size: 6 x 6 inches
Medium: Ink
©2019, Stephanie Law

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