The chimerical dragon: in Europe, the mythical scourge of medieval knights. In China, its significance runs much deeper. The deity of luck, wealth and peace, and the erstwhile symbol of the emperor, its mythological importance is explored in one of Montblanc’s newest masterpieces, the limited edition Yellow Dragon pen.
“To the present the dragon maintains a great cultural significance as one of the 12 Chinese zodiac characters and one of the four directions or ‘miracle animals’,” says Montblanc creative director Zaim Kamal of the inspiration behind the piece, an evocative instrument adorned top to tail with symbolic details. “The Yellow or Imperial Dragon on the cap is depicted with a flaming pearl – a symbol associated with spiritual energy, wisdom, prosperity and immortality,” he goes on. “At the bottom of the cone, there’s an amethyst, the dragon’s birthstone.”
With a run of just 88 pens, each specimen – which boasts a sleek, red lacquer barrel and 925 sterling silver hand-engraved cap and takes up to six months to produce – represents one of a series of upcoming utensils centred around dragons, dubbed the Signs and Symbols Collection.