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Jar with eight dragons
Place of Origin: China, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province
Historical Period: Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Reign of the Wanli emperor (1573-1620)
Materials: Porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
Dimensions: H. 5 in x Diam. 6 1/8 in, H. 12.7 cm x Diam. 15.6 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Ceramics
Object Number: B60P1495
On Display: No

Description

Label: Aside from the eight Buddhist symbols, more ordinary elements were also represented in groups of eight, symbolically connotating auspicious luck. A combination of dragons with those symbols was one of the imperial decorative styles of the period. On this piece, eight lobed divisions embrace eight five-clawed dragons in different poses amid curling clouds and flaming pearls. In eight panels on the shoulder were placed the ordinary Eight Auspicious Symbols. A band of lotus panels circles the base.

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Marks: Wanli mark of the period. The six-character mark at the base reads: "Produced during the Wanli reign of the great Ming"
Label: Aside from the eight Buddhist symbols, more ordinary elements were also represented in groups of eight, symbolically connotating auspicious luck. A combination of dragons with those symbols was one of the imperial decorative styles of the period. On this piece, eight lobed divisions embrace eight five-clawed dragons in different poses amid curling clouds and flaming pearls. In eight panels on the shoulder were placed the ordinary Eight Auspicious Symbols. A band of lotus panels circles the base.
Marks: Wanli mark of the period. The six-character mark at the base reads: "Produced during the Wanli reign of the great Ming"