Bowl with dragon

Chinese, for European market

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201

On the exterior, a dragon sports with a flaming pearl. Because of its auspicious associations, this traditional Chinese motif frequently appeared on objects intended for use at the imperial court. By the sixteenth century, dragons were freely used as motifs on objects intended for public consumption, provided the dragon had only four claws—the fiveclaw version was reserved for the emperor.

Bowl with dragon, Hard-paste porcelain painted with enamels over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware), Chinese, for European market

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