Zhi-Long Dragon Vase

Chinese


Zhi-Long Dragon Vase, mid-18th century, Qing Dynasty

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Porcelain with celadon type glaze

Dimensions: 8 1/2 × 4 1/2 in. (21.6 × 11.4 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Thelma C. Foy, 2005.100

This grouping of Qing Dynasty porcelains (1644–1911) features a variety of elegant forms and glaze types, which are further embellished with finely detailed three-dimensional animal forms. Porcelain was invented in China, perhaps as early as the seventh or eighth century. Porcelain objects are fired, or heated, in a kiln at extremely high temperatures until the clay fuses into a dense, hard substance that resembles stone or glass. Porcelain is made from fine white clay and its rich, shiny surface was appealing and considered a luxury item in China.

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