Sara McGoodwin Armstrong
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One of a pair of ridge ends in the shape of water dragons, made in Hebei, China, c.1500-1650 (source). These water dragon ridge ends were made for a palace or temple hall. They illustrate a popular legend about the dragon living in the East Sea. It was said that rain fell whenever the monster opened its jaws to spout water. The presence of water dragons on the roof would protect against lightning and fire.