Reverse Intaglio Gem Black Opal Inlay"The Imperial Dragon"
Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia
Designed and created by Jenador
Depicting the Imperial Dragon, this extraordinary artwork is suitable for use as a wall hanging or cabinet display. To the Chinese, the Imperial Dragon or Lung, is considered to be the primary of four benevolent spiritual animals, the other three being the Phoenix, the Unicorn and the Tortoise. Having unrivaled wisdom and power, the dragon symbolized the Emperors of China themselves, who were actually called dragons. His, China's first emperor sat on a dragon throne, rode in a dragon boat and slept in a dragon bed. To distinguish The Chinese Imperial Dragon from all other dragons, only the Imperial Dragon bore five claws.
Jenador was inspired to create the dragon and that could only be achieved with the intense fire and spirit provided by Australian opal. Consisting of 60 million year-old gem black opal, carved into sections and embedded into 4mm thick black glass there are approximately 3000 pieces of opal weighing 33 carats that have been carefully selected and cut for their outstanding quality of brilliance, luster, depth and beauty, signed with the artist's pseudonym: Jenador (for Jennifer Benaim).Offered in a wooden frame measuring 18 x 18 inches overall.