Wooden Dragon Maedate (crest) were often crafted for wealthy samurai or gifted to them from their Daimyo or occasionally the Shogun himself. The dragon or “Ryu” hold an important significance in Japanese mythology. Ryu (dragon) are associated with both the heavens and water, they represent generosity, benevolence, experience and wisdom. Using their power and strength for good and protection they are favored by the imperial family. According to Japanese tradition, there are six dragon variants. They are Sui, Han, Ri, Fuku, Ka, and Hai, which are often written with the word “ryu” (dragon) on the end, for instance “Sui-ryu”. These variants have their own meaning or name for the dragon. For example, Sui is the king of dragons, so their name is “Sui-ryu”, meaning King of the Dragons. Ri-ryu is the name of a dragon who possess extraordinary vision.
This Dragon Maedate is a Limited Edition! Iron Mountain Armory will only craft 50 individual crests and then retire this design. Iron Mountain Armory always works hard to keep with tradition as best as possible, which is why we hand carve each dragon from wood at the time of your order. We offer the option of painting your dragon as a new or as antiqued with the option of different colors to represent their different association from traditional meaning.
- Black Dragons are associated with experience and wisdom.
- Blue Dragons are gentle, forgiving and benevolent.
- Gold Dragons represent value and virtues.
- Green Dragons are associated with nature.
- Yellow Dragons are messengers and noble companions.
- Hand carved from wood.
- Fully hand painted.
- Average Size: 30 x 15 x 8 cm (12 x 10 x 3 1/4″).
These items are fully handmade. Your order will be for handcrafting at the time of your payment. This item typically takes 1 to 2 months for crafting; however, the actual ready date may vary depending on our current schedule. If you need this item by a specific date, please contact us for our current schedule. All pictures are for reference only. Because this item is handcrafted there will have some small differences in size, shape, color, etc.
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