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Dragon Jar

Artist/maker unknown, Korean

Made in Korea, Asia

18th century

Porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue decoration

16 1/8 x 14 7/8 inches (41 x 37.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 337, Asian Art, third floor

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Purchased with Museum funds, 1950

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“Dragon jars,” named after their dragon decorations, were made for ceremonial use during the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910). In Korea, dragons are believed to bring good fortune to those they favor; they also symbolize the authority of the ruler and the balance in nature.

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