Dragon vase – Korean – 17th century -immediate impact

Posted by on Apr 7, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Vase Asian dragon

 

This amazing vase is on show at the Asian Art Museum – it looks as it was made yesterday – it actually dates from the 17th century. It was made in Korea during the Joseon dynasty, which lasted five centuries. 

The dragon has a great sense of movement and life and winds it way around the whole, beautifully curved pot. The shape of the pot and sinuous curves of the dragon – the dragon has a beautiful face and looks benign and wise.  Apparently in Korea the dragon is not a creature to be feared – like the dragons in European stories – it is associated with wisdom and goodness. 

I try and imagine the person who drew this beautiful creature – what was going through his mind …what he created is still inspiring people hundreds of years later. 

 

 

 

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