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Jar with dragon
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The Museum Rietberg houses a large selection of the finest pieces from the Alice and Pierre Uldry Collection. This cloisonné collection, which is of worldwide importance, also includes this shoulder pot decorated with dragons. Together with its counterpart in the British Museum, it is considered the most important early Chinese cloisonné vessel.

History of the Object
The technique of cloisonné enamelling became fashionable in China in the early 15th century. The brightly coloured, extremely attractive vessels were produced primarily for the Imperial household. Cloisonné is made by gluing or soldering small metal strips onto a metal vessel. The resulting cells are then filled with a paste made of pulverised coloured glass. Heating causes the glass to melt and form a homogenous, luminously colourful surface.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Cloisonné 
Measurements
Height 62.1 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 15th century ~ AD 15th century 
Creation date
15th Century; 1426 -1436; Xuande Period 
Function
Jar 
Acquisition
Collection Alice and Pierre Uldry 
Copyright
Museum Rietberg 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Collection Alice and Pierre Uldry 
Museum
Museum Rietberg 
Credit line
Museum Rietberg, loan Alice and Pierre Uldry Collection 

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