Monday, December 6, 2010

Japanese dragon, Chinese school, 19th Century

Japanese dragon Chinese school 19th CenturyDescription: Japanese dragon, Chinese school, 19th Century.jpg. Japanese dragon, colour engraving on wood, Chinese school, 19th Century, biblioth√®que des Arts d√©coratifs, Paris. Unedited High Resolution Image (1295 × 1966 pixel, file size: 2.84 MB, MIME type: image/jpeg)

The Chinese dragon is a creature that also appears in other East Asian cultures, and is sometimes called the Oriental (or Eastern) dragon. Depicted as a long, snake-like creature with four claws, in contrast to the Western dragon which stands on four legs and is usually portrayed as evil, it has long been a symbol of power in Chinese folklore and art.
Licensing: Public domain. This image is a faithful reproduction of a two-dimensional work of art and thus not copyrightable in itself in the U.S. as per Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp.;. the same is also true in many other countries. The original two-dimensional work shown in this image is free content because: This image (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.

This applies to the United States, where Works published prior to 1978 were copyright protected for a maximum of 75 years. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" PDF . Works published before 1923 (in this case ca. 1902) are now in the public domain. This applies to Canada, the European Union and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 70 years.

Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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