East Asian Art
Dragon JarMade in Korea, Asia
Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), 19th century
Artist/maker unknown, Korean
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue and iron oxide decoration
Currently not on view
2000-80-1125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of Colonel Stephen McCormick in honor of the Korean Heritage Group, 2000
Label“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, and they also symbolize the authority of the ruler and the balance in nature. Historical records show that during the reign of King Yòngjo (ruled 1724 to 1776), dragon jars were the only blue-and-white wares sanctioned for production, as the expensive cobalt blue ore had to be imported from the Middle East through China.