Porcelain with underglaze iron
Diameter of base: 13.7 cm (5 3/8 in.); Overall: 34.7 cm (13 11/16 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1986.69
A mythical creature believed to have the power to make rain, the dragon is a prominent symbol of rulers in pre-modern East Asia, thus the image of dragons was used exclusively for the king's paraphernalia.
A whimsical dragon with bulging eyes wraps his scaled body around this vessel. Freely dispersed squiggly lines represent a series of lightning strikes. Realizing the impossibility of depicting a mythical being in a realistic sense, the artist imaginatively visualized this supernatural creature with free-flowing calligraphic brushstrokes.
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