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Pair Blue and White Three Friends Ginger Jars

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Stoneware: Pre 1920: Item # 1090941

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Two Chinese ovoid ceramic ginger jars convey a rich symbolic message with their “three friends” designs of bamboo, pine and plum branches. Venerated in China for centuries, the three trees have been grouped together in paintings and poems to represent the ideal of perseverance in overcoming adversity. They became known as “the three friends of winter” because they flourish in harsh environments—the bamboo and pine tree remaining green throughout the year, and the plum tree blooming in winter and continuing to flower into advanced age. This pair of jars, from a U.S. collection, dates to the late Qing/early Republic years. Both of these handsome blue and white ginger jars have covers and are in very good condition, with no chips or cracks. Dimensions of each jar: height 9” (23 cm), diameter 8” (20.3 cm). (SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM)