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White porcelain jar with iron-brown underglaze
GPM-3481
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This jar is in the shape of dal-hangari (moon-shaped jar). It has a very short, flared rim cut at an acute angle; a full, rounded body; and a narrow foot. A fire-breathing dragon and clouds are painted with iron-brown and are depicted with a sense of humor with the head of the dragon looking like that of a crocodile. The dragon and clouds were painted with free-spirited and natural strokes with the beautiful and abundant feeling of iron-brown color. Made of soft-paste clay, the entire body was finished with a knife after throwing. It was coated with blue grayish-white porcelain glaze. After the glaze was applied to the interior of the base of the foot, the clay of the base was exposed.

History of the Object
The distinctive shape and grayish white enamel patterns produced by the drawing technique using oxidized iron paint are common among the pottery excavated in Gwangju city, Gyeonggi-do Province. Many kilns that produced such objects existed there during the 17th century.In particular, the portrayal of clouds and a dragon on the surface of the jar insinuates that this piece might have been used in the royal palace. It is assumed that this jar was produced at a kiln at Sindae-ri, Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do Province in the late seventeenth century.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
clay, stain, enamel 
Measurements
Width 31.3 Height 29  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea; Gyeonggi-do Province; Gwangju 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; 1693 
Function
jar 
Acquisition
Acquired in 1996 by the Gyeonggi Provincial Museum from Christie's inc, New York. This kind of white porcelain jar with an iron-brown underglaze design of a dragon and clouds broke the record of the highest price dealing among Korean relics in Korea and abroad. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Gyeonggi Provincial Museum 
Museum
Gyeonggi Provincial Museum 
Credit line
 

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