In Mahjong, as in Chinese art, dragons are depicted in different positions. In this post we will see them upright, from the side.
Many Mahjong companies gave a lot of attention to the designs of their dragons. Sometimes the creatures are so wonderful they become the reasons sets are bought.
The designs seen above certainly could have been why the above set, believed to be made of casein by the Waterbury Button Company, would have been sought after. The Dragons have five toes, putting them in the category of dragons associated with the top ranks of officials in ranks one to three, and the royal family, according to Patricia Bjaaland Welch.
Pung Chow, which made sets of pyralin, prided itself on its Dragons
and billed itself as the set with the Real Dragons. I think it is impossible to tell how many claws these have.
A version of this type of dragon can be seen below, on a screen being offered for sale by Holly Auctions.
And below there's a closeup of the terrific dragon head
The platter below, auctioned off at Sothebys, has another fabulous upright dragon.
This porcelain dates from the Kangxi period, which lated from 1654 until 1722. You'll notice the center dragon and the dragons around the side too. The rounded images surrounding him are clouds.
Upright dragons also appeared on wood tiles.
Don't forget this one by the Murok Company in Canada!