In China, a Dragon was a symbol of the ruling power. A tamed dragon can be regarded as representing an ‘intelligent or reasonable force’. Historically the Great Wall of China meant to protect Heavenly Empire against barbarians and was symbolically referred to as the “Dragon Defense”. According to this assigned role the wall in the painting takes the form of a stone dragon. It is worth noting also that the commandment to ‘tame your dragons’ applies to any civilized individual.
Dragon (Greek drakon) – a ‘winged serpent,’ only with eagle-like legs, is a combination of a snake and a bird, spirit and matter, sometimes fire-breathing. In the East dragon is a Heavenly Force and the source of good, whereas in the West it is regarded as an evil and destructive power. Its symbolism is particularly honored in China as that of life and light, and the golden dragon is a family emblem of the house of the Chinese Emperor. In the Eastern horoscope dragon is the luckiest sign.