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Flask

  • Place of origin:

    Korea (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, thrown, painted in underglaze blue

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. M. Tapp

  • Museum number:

    C.83-1930

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case L, shelf 1

The dragon coiled around this round-bellied bottle has a large, powerful head. Dragons are a popular decorative motif found on Korean ceramic vessels, and indeed on other pictorial and decorative arts. As potent creatures embodying the male, positive 'yang' principle, dragons carried wishes for success and high status. Typically, the dragon is shown among stylised clouds, as he pursues a flaming pearl.

Physical description

Wine flask of porcelain, bulbous with short narrow neck flaring towards the mouth. Painted with a dragon chasing a flaming pearl among clouds. On the base, the Chinese character meaning 'superior' is incised.

Place of Origin

Korea (made)

Date

1800-1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, thrown, painted in underglaze blue

Marks and inscriptions

superior
Chinese character, incised on the base

Dimensions

Height: 25.5 cm, Diameter: 15 cm

Descriptive line

Wine flask, porcelain painted in underglaze blue, Korea, Choson dynasty, 1800-1850

Materials

Porcelain; Cobalt oxide

Techniques

Thrown; Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Dragons

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain; Drinking

Collection

East Asia Collection

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