Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Bowl - Three Friends of Winter
This porcelain bowl with flared rim was made during the early to mid 1500's. The pattern, in underglaze blue, on both the outer wall and the inner surface, features the "Three Friends of Winter"; the bamboo, pine and prunus, or plum.
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. The inner pattern also features rocks, a symbol of durability and steadfastness. All four, the bamboo, pine, prunus and rock, are symbols of reliability and friendship.
Diameter 14.74 cm (5.75 inches). This bowl is in fine condition with no repair or restoration and a good ring when tapped.
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