wide, flaring shoulder with short, wide neck; blue and white glaze with 2 dragons, cloud forms and scrolls around neck

Jar with Dragon and Clouds, late 18th century

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Unlike the vicious, fire-breathing beasts of Western mythology, Koreans believed that dragons defeated evil and brought rain for bountiful harvests. In both China and Korea, five-clawed dragons were emblematic of the emperor, and ceramics, paintings, and robes bearing five-clawed dragons were reserved for royal use. The dragon on this jar has four claws and thus was probably owned by a court official. Such jars were often produced in pairs and used to decorate formal reception halls.

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Dragon Jar (#911)
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Jar with Dragon and Clouds
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Accession Number
99.168
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wide, flaring shoulder with short, wide neck; blue and white glaze with 2 dragons, cloud forms and scrolls around neck