국립중앙박물관 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA

Highlights
White Porcelain Jar with Cloud and Dragon Design in Underglaze Cobalt Blue
  • Exhibition Name

    Jar with Dragon and Cloud, White porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt-blue

  • Culture/Period

    Joseon Dynasty

  • Materials

    Ceramics - White Porcelain

  • Category

    Food - Tableware - Storage Carriage - Jar

  • Dimensions

    H. 53.9cm

  • Accession Number

    Deoksu 4073

  • Location

    Buncheong Ware and White Porcelain Gallery

This type of tall jar or vase is called a jun (樽), which refers to a vessel used in ceremonies to hold either flowers or wine. This particular jun is boldly decorated with a dragon-and-cloud motif. It is known that certain court rituals employed a pair of jun with dragon designs. This massive jar has an imposing form and stands out even more due to its elaborate patterning. In addition to the striking dragon, it features several secondary designs including a ring of scrolled vines around the mouth and stylized lotus patterns at the top and bottom. The lotus designs are similar, but they differ from each other in both size and shape. The elongated dragon with its vividly illustrated beard, fin, scales, and claws is playing with a cintamani (an auspicious Buddhist jewel) against a backdrop of clouds above and below. The transparent light blue glaze perfectly complements the deep cobalt-blue underglaze, conveying a powerful visual sensation.