Jar with dragon, Korea

Jar with dragon, Korea

Jar with dragon
Korea
1600-1800
Porcelain, painted before glazing
Museum no. C.356-1912

This jar, on which a scaly dragon chases a flaming pearl, shows Choson dynasty potting at its best. In 15th-century Korea, green-glazed wares had given way to white porcelain. Large porcelain pots were often painted with animal and plant designs in cobalt blue. However, when cobalt was scarce, brownish iron pigments were used, as here.