Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Bowl - Three Friends of Winter
This porcelain bowl with flared rim was made during the late 15th - early 16th century. The pattern, in underglaze blue, 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. Between these three "friends" are rocks, a symbol of durability and steadfastness. All four, the bamboo, pine, prunus and rock, are symbols of reliability and friendship.
Diameter 15.5 cm (6 inches). In places there is kiln grit embedded into the thick glaze, this caused during firing. There is a hairline crack to the wall yet this bowl still has ring when tapped and has no repair or restoration.
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