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Ch: longhutu. Painting of a dragon *ryuu —´ and tiger tora ŒÕ. In ancient Chinese cosmology the animals have distinct associations: the dragon represents the east, heaven, sunrise, spring, rain, and the male element; the tiger, conversely, represents the west, earth, sunset, autumn, wind, and the female. The two symbolic animals were often painted on opposite walls of tombs in China, Korea, and 5-7c Japan (see *shishin Žl_). In later centuries the dragon and tiger frequently were paired in ink painting. Muqi's (Jp: Mokkei –qæ®, late 13c) famous pair of scrolls at Daitokuji ‘å“¿Ž›, Kyoto, were copied by many Japanese artists. Dragons and tigers were also paired on screens *byoubu › •— and sliding doors *fusuma ‰¦ at Zen ‘T temples beginning in the Muromachi period.
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