dragon vase, pocelain, Yuan Dynasty, early XIV Century; underglaze blue decor showing 'spiny dragon' motif.

Pear-Shaped Vase (ping), early 14th century

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The subject of a craze that has lasted for centuries, China's signature blue and white porcelain came about as a tremendous technical breakthrough in the fourteenth century. This pear-shaped bottle, or (ping), stands near the beginning of this prized, long-popular tradition. Encircling the body of the vase is a spikey, three-clawed dragon painted in underglaze cobalt blue. In order to depict the dragon, cobalt blue designs were painted onto the white porcelain body and then bonded under a clear feldspathic glaze.

Details
Title
Pear-Shaped Vase (ping)
Role
Artist
Dimension
10 7/8 in. (27.62 cm)
Accession Number
84.116.5
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dragon vase, pocelain, Yuan Dynasty, early XIV Century; underglaze blue decor showing 'spiny dragon' motif.