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Dragon Jar

Artist/maker unknown, Korean

Made in Korea, Asia

19th century

Porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue decoration, "Blue and White"

Height: 19 1/2 inches (49.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of Colonel Stephen McCormick in honor of the Korean Heritage Group, 2000

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“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.