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Monsoon Pottery

Dragon Cup

Dragon Cup

Regular price $40.00 USD
Regular price $55.00 USD Sale price $40.00 USD
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Wheel thrown porcelain cup decorated with a dragon motif. Each cup has a blue line on the inside of the rim. Designed for juice, whiskey, and/or soba dipping. Discounted 20% due to a bad firing. Dragon is a bit blurry (rounded to $45 since $44 is bad luck!). The quality of the cup itself remains very high. We find the form successful and it will function beautifully. 

Measures approximately 3-5/8" diameter and 2-1/4" tall. Each cup is handmade at the size and capacity will vary a little. Holds anywhere between 6-8oz. 

Microwave and dishwasher safe. 

The Year of the Dragon holds the most gravitas among the 12 zodiac animals because the dragon is one of the most depicted and revered animals in Chinese art, history, and culture. Dragons are awe-inspiring, wild, and often benevolent creatures. Their association with protection stems from their transcendent power, a quality that became associated with the imperial family.

Dragons appearing on Ming and Qing era robes, textiles, and decorative ceramics had a coded hierarchy mapped through the number of claws on the dragon’s paw. Five claws were reserved for the highest ranking officials in the imperial court, four for lower ranks, etc.

Since the history of dragons on blue and white wares is so steeped in class division, I chose to use five claws in this year's original dragon design—opting to flatten those distinctions rather than conforming to ancient imperialistic traditions.

Year of the Dragon pottery makes a great gift for those who are born in 2024, 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, or 1928. Be sure to check birthdays in January/February to make sure they're not rabbits or snakes.

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