East Asian Art
Vase with Design of Two Four-Clawed Dragons over Waves Pursuing a PearlMade in China, Asia
Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Kangxi Period (1662-1722)
Artist/maker unknown, Chinese
Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration
1955-50-373The Alfred and Margaret Caspary Memorial Gift, 1955
LabelAccording to Chinese tradition, dragons ascend from the seas to bring life-giving rain to the earth. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, four-clawed dragons represented nobility of lower status than the emperor and his close family.
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