|Monday, September 8, 2003|
Astronomical Surface Decoration on Ceramics ... China/Japan
At the National Palace Musuem, Taipei, there is something called a "Celestial globe vase". It is from China, during the Yung-lo reign (1403-24.) The vase features a dragon.
Working a bit backwards, we find that there is a dragon consellation in the chinese zodiac that is the same (similar?) to the modern western consellation Draco. (This was an important constellation in the past, as it featured the pole star.)
If we look side by side at the star's positions in the constellation and design in the vase, we can note possible similarites in their elements. On both:
It may be that the
similarites noted are coincidents. It may be the result of
creating a good looking dragon, in some jungian sense, whether one is
painting on ceramic, or associating stars in the sky. It may be
that the dragon on the vase is based on some Chinese dragon cannon, and thus not directly referencing star positions.