Ming’s Zen Gallery is featuring our new shipment of antique, vintage and contemporary porcelain. We have a collection of Ginger Jars, Temple Jars and Melon Jars that will provide a lovely accent to any home. They come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, so come in and take advantage of the special savings we are offering for a limited time only!
Ginger Jars are steeped in centuries of Chinese culture and history, a ginger jar is shaped with a wide mouth, a domed lid and a bulging, bulbous spherical hand painted body, they come in various styles and sizes and many different colors. Porcelain Chinese Ginger Jars were originally used to store food supplies like salt, herbs, oil and ginger, other Ginger Jars were allocated to be used as gifts. The jars acquired the name “Ginger Jars” because they often contained ginger when they were exported to the West.
The history of Temple Jars is as varied as Ginger Jars. In Chinese they are often called a "General's Hat" jar because the lid resembles the helmet of a Dynastic military leader. In modern times, both East and West use this urn shape for cremation remains but the jars have more than ample use outside of such ceremonial purposes. The ancient history of China and the development of porcelain vessels is entirely one of utility. They were used for almost any kind of storage, which could include anything from rice to ancestors. People who are concerned about the funerary connotations of Temple Jars need not worry, as this has never been their exclusive use.
Melon Jars are another form of Chinese pottery with a similar history. Characterized by the flat, inset lid, they come in many sizes with a wide bulging top, tapering to a narrower base. They, also, were used to store food items, oil and ceremonial herbs.
Porcelain jars make a beautiful addition to any home or office decor. They are wonderful as is, or you can remove the lid and fill them with bright flowers. Or if you really want to get in touch with their history, put a couple on your kitchen counter and use them to store your coffee and sugar!