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Vase with Dragon amid Clouds

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Yongzheng mark and period (1723–35)
Date:
early 18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with copper red under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
H. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
32.100.434
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 202
Arguably the most well-known motif in Chinese art, the dragon is a multivalent symbol imbued with many layers of meaning, including protection, happiness, and fertility. In early Chinese art the dragon was understood as a symbol of the cardinal direction east, and it has long been associated with water, particularly lakes and rivers. The dragon also signifies imperial rule, and works decorated with five-clawed dragons are known to have been produced for use at court.
Marking: Yongzheng markKangxi mark (six letters on bottom in underglaze blue)
Michael Friedsam , New York (until d. 1931, donated to MMA)
New York. China Institute in America. "Treasures from the Metropolitan Museum," October 24, 1979–January 27, 1980.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.

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