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Storage Jar with Dragon Motif

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Korea, Gyeonggi-do province, Gwangju, Bunwon kiln, Storage Jar with Dragon Motif, 19th century, porcelain with decoration painted in cobalt blue under transparent glaze, Gift of Robert and Sandra Mattielli in honor of Donald Jenkins, public domain; images Courtesy of Korean National Research Institute for Cultural Heritage, 2004.7.10

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Title

Storage Jar with Dragon Motif

Artist

Korea, Gyeonggi-do province, Gwangju, Bunwon kiln (Korean)

Date

19th century

Period

Korea: Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910)

Medium

porcelain with decoration painted in cobalt blue under transparent glaze

Dimensions (H x W x D)

19 in x 14 in diam.

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Ceramics

Object Type

jar

Culture

Korean

Credit Line

Gift of Robert and Sandra Mattielli in honor of Donald Jenkins

Accession Number

2004.7.10

Copyright

public domain; images Courtesy of Korean National Research Institute for Cultural Heritage

Terms

ceramics

dragon

jars

porcelain

underglazing

Place Made

Created in: Gyeonngi province

Description

In East Asia, dragons are associated with the sky and rain, and thus regarded as divine powers bestowing agricultural abundance. Here, a single four-clawed dragon, snarling and writhing his way across the surface of the vessel, chases a magical flaming jewel. Stylized clouds appear above and below him.

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, dragons were very popular designs for Korean porcelains among scholars and wealthy merchants. Large jars such as this one were used to store tea leaves, dry grains, or pickled vegetables.

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