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Blue and White Porcelain Jar

Blue and White Porcelain Jar靑華白磁雲龍文甁


Tall, large porcelain jars decorated with dragons and clouds in cobalt blue were called ‘dragon jars’ or yongjun in Korean. This design came into fashion from latter half of the eighteenth century. Such dragon jars were used in the royal court for feasts and rituals and symbolize the majesty of the royal family. The lower section of body has scroll work, inverted heart shapes, and a lotus-petal pattern. In the middle section, there is a dragon flying through the clouds playing with cintamani (auspicious jewel). The decoration on this jar reveals the dynamic yet painstaking skill of the painters of the royal court.

Joseon Dynasty, 18th century
White Clay
H 40.0cm