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The Pearl Beyond Price
In oriental iconography the dragon is often displayed with a flaming ball known as “The Pearl Beyond Price”. This ball is the total sum of knowledge wisdom and experience accumulated during its lifetimes. For the Dragon, the Priest, the Magician and King this ball is accessible to be learned from and played with. For typical mortals the ball is hidden, concealed until such time as they achieve enough enlightenment to utilize it.
In this painting I have wrapped the pearl in Dragon skin, concealing it from casual view.