Vase with dragon


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221

Flowers and birds are commonly found on famille noire ware, but this vase features two powerful dragons chasing fire pearls among clouds in a design showcasing a strong color contrast of green and black enamel. The whimsical expressions of these dragons reveal the potter’s sense of humor, which is unusual in Chinese ceramics.

Vase with dragon, Porcelain painted in polychrome enamels over black ground (Jingdezhen famille noire ware), China

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