Vase with Design of Two Four-Clawed Dragons over Waves Pursuing a Pearl

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese

Made in China, Asia

Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

Kangxi Period (1662-1722)

Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration

15 5/8 x 8 3/8 inches (39.7 x 21.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 226, Asian Art, second floor

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
The Alfred and Margaret Caspary Memorial Gift, 1955

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According 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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