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백자 청화 용 무늬 항아리 조선
白磁靑畫龍文壺 朝鮮
Dragon jar

Period:
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
Date:
second half of the 18th century
Culture:
Korea
Medium:
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue design
Dimensions:
H. 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm); Diam. 13 in. (33 cm); Diam. of rim 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm); Diam. of base 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, 2009 Benefit Fund, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.368
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 233
Porcelain jars painted with cobalt-blue dragons were popular from the seventeenth through the nineteenth century. Many were used as flower vases in official court ceremonies. Originally associated with water, dragons were also imperial emblems throughout East Asia. The two four-clawed dragons chasing flaming jewels on this piece embody the dynamic strength of the mythical beast. At the same time, their amusing, rather than savage, faces reflect the notion of dragons as auspicious, welcome creatures not to be feared.
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