The Long, however, was only for select royalty closely associated with the Imperial family, usually in various symbolic colors, while it was a capital offense for anyone other than the emperor himself to ever use the completely gold-colored, five-clawed Long dragon motif. Improper use of claw number and/or colors was considered treason, punishable by execution of the offender's entire clan.
Since most East Asian nations at one point or another were considered Chinese tributaries, they were only allowed four-clawed dragons. The five toes rule was first enforced in AD 1336 (Yuan). (For commoners) It is forbidden to wear any cloth with patterns of Qilin, Male Fenghuang (Chinese phoenix), White rabbit, Lingzhi, Five-Toe Two-Horn Long, Eight Longs, Nine Longs,'Ten thousand years', Fortune-longevity character and Golden Yellow etc.10.5 x 7 x 2 cm. The item "ANTIQUE CHINESE IMPERIAL HIGH RANKING OFFICIAL CIGARETTE CASE SILVER" is in sale since Sunday, November 12, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Non-U. The seller is "oriental_gallery" and is located in London. This item can be shipped worldwide.