Large porcelain storage jar featuring two dragons
- Object Number: 1946.P.712
- Simple Name: jar
- Full Name: storage jar
- Other Name: dragon jar
- Production Place: Korea
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- Summary: Large porcelain storage jar featuring two dragons. Decorated with underglaze blue painted decoration of two dragons chasing a sacred pearl amidst cloud scrolls.
- Terms:101 Ceramic Highlights
- Terms:East Asian
- Additional Notes: This type of jar is also known as a 'dragon jar', named after its dragon decoration. Dragon jars were typically made for ceremonial use during the Joseon dynasty. In Korea dragons are believed to bring good fortune to those they favour. They are a symbol of the authority of the ruler. During the rule of King Yongjo (1724-1776) dragon jars were the only blue and white wares sanctioned for production. 1750 circa, Joseon dynasty. In 1946 the museum purchased a group of Korean ceramics and metalwork from Reverend Stanley Smith (1876-1954). Reverend Smith served as a missionary in Korea with the English Church Mission from 1912 to 1917. He built up a varied collection at a time when archaeological research was just beginning. Part of his collection was acquired in return for performing religious services.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery