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)
Purchase, 2009 Benefit Fund, 2010
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. The two four-clawed dragons chasing flaming jewels on this piece embody the dynamic strength of the auspicious beast, and their faces are rendered with a touch of humor.