Porcelain with underglaze iron-painted tiger and herons design
Accession No.00476
CollectionThe ATAKA Collection
Date 1Joseon dynasty
Date 2second half of the 17th century
PhotographPhotographs: MUDA Tomohiro
DescriptionThe tiger, standing firm with her forepaws and raising her head, her eyes bulging, has long eyelashes and bares her fangs, making her look caricatural. However, the lingzhi clouds and the two herons standing back to back with a single lotus flower in between deliver a mysterious, spiritual atmosphere. On the remaining space of the wall, three bamboos are depicted in a dynamic, single brushstroke, adding another attractive element to this jar. It has long been highly praised as a prominent masterpiece of the Joseon dynasty.