Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Jar - Wanli Reign - Three Friends of Winter
This attractive small porcelain jar, or large jarlet, was made during the Wanli Reign (1573 - 1620) of the Ming Dynasty. This type of "Swatow" (also known as "Zhangzhou") ware is typically fairly "heavily-potted". It has a thick crackled glaze that covers both inner and outer surfaces. The underglaze blue decoration features the "Three Friends of Winter" pattern, bamboo, pine and prunus. Bamboo is a symbol of longevity as it remains green throughout winter. Pine, an evergreen, represents strength and longevity. The prunus is a symbol of life as its blossoms appear in springtime on what appears to be an otherwise leafless and lifeless tree. Around the shoulder of the jar is a cloud, or "rui", pattern.
Height 9 cm (3.5 inches). This jar has been recovered from a shipwreck and is in very good condition with no repair or restoration and just a tiny chip to the glaze at the edge of the vulnerable rim.
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