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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Korean
Creator Dates/Places: Korea
Creator Active Place: Korea
Creator Name-CRT: Korea, Choson Period
Title: Storage Jar with Dragon and Clouds Design
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1700
Creation End Date: 1799
Creation Date: 18th Century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ceramic
Materials and Techniques: section of a handscroll mounted on a hanging scroll, ink and light color on silk
Dimensions: Diameter: 38.7cm, Overall: 35.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1986.69
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Context: The seam visible halfway up the surface of this swelling form reveals that the jar was constructed from two pieces. The foot is low and appears small for a jar of this volume, but actually its size serves to emphasize the vigor of the overall shape. Thelow mouth with sharp undercutting enhances this visual effect. This feature also suggests the vessel may have been produced at the official kilns in Kwangjin, southwest of Seoul. There similar underglaze iron painted jars were produced for official government functions using refined porcelaneous clays and high-quality glazes. Rural kilns also produced similar storage vessels, although with a stronger grayish tint because of the higher iron content in the clay body and glaze. And whereas the painted designs on these countryside pieces often appear awkward or hesitant, this jar demonstrates the dynamic skills of a talented metropolitan painter. Indeed it is precisely at this time, the eighteenth century, that the Korean ceramic industry was at its most dynamic stage. The development from celadon to punch'ong wares had provided a background for the appearance of white porcelain in the mid-Choson period. Made of finer quality clays, it provided a clear surface with color tones ranging from "snow white" to blue-gray hues. Both at government sponsored studios and in rural kilns a new ceramic aesthetic emerged of which this storage vessel is a prime example. A single undulating animal form--traditionally meant to represent a dragon--encircles the vessel. All brushstrokes are assured, concise, and brimming with energy as the creature swirls around the robust form. Even the traditional fungus- shaped clouds are rendered sketchily, as if their forms were dissolving in the wake of the dragon's speedy passage. M.R.C.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1986.69
AMICA Library Year: 1998
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Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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