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Jar with "three friends" flowers
Place of Origin: China, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province
Historical Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Reign of the Kangxi emperor (1662-1722)
Materials: Porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
Dimensions: H. 13 1/4 in x W. 9 1/2 in
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Ceramics
Object Number: B60P79
On Display: Yes
Location: Hambrecht Gallery

Description

Label:

The plum and two friends of winter

In the design of this jar, flowers and plants stand in for valued traits of the ideal Confucian man. The plum along with pine trees and bamboo have been called the “three friends of winter” (Chinese: suihan sanyou) in East Asia for centuries. Each plant relates to winter and auspicious themes: the plum overcomes harsh winters to blossom in the cold; the pine remains evergreen throughout the year; and the bamboo bends before the wind but does not break. Together the three plants symbolize perseverance, constancy, and integrity under adversity, virtues to which Confucian men aspired.


More Information

Marks: Imitation Chenghua mark. Six-character mark on the base reads; "Produced during the Chenghua reign of the great Ming."
Exhibition History: "Flower Power", Asian Art Museum, 6/23/2017-10/1/2017
Label:

The plum and two friends of winter

In the design of this jar, flowers and plants stand in for valued traits of the ideal Confucian man. The plum along with pine trees and bamboo have been called the “three friends of winter” (Chinese: suihan sanyou) in East Asia for centuries. Each plant relates to winter and auspicious themes: the plum overcomes harsh winters to blossom in the cold; the pine remains evergreen throughout the year; and the bamboo bends before the wind but does not break. Together the three plants symbolize perseverance, constancy, and integrity under adversity, virtues to which Confucian men aspired.


Marks: Imitation Chenghua mark. Six-character mark on the base reads; "Produced during the Chenghua reign of the great Ming."
Exhibition History: "Flower Power", Asian Art Museum, 6/23/2017-10/1/2017