Vase with Dragon Handles


Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Yongzheng period (1723–35)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204

A glaze is formed when clay fired onto the surface of porcelain melts into a glasslike substance that fuses with the ceramic body, strengthening it. The lushness of the glaze covering this vase and the skillful manipulation of its color, created by controlling oxygen supply during firing, creates a sense of texture and depth similar to that found in porcelain with painted or incised decoration.

Vase with Dragon Handles, Porcelain with crimson-flushed blue glaze (Jingdezhen ware), China

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