A very nicely decorated plate. Ming period. South Chinese Ming ZHangzhou Swatow. Three friends of winter with birds
Three friends of winter with birds
Pine, bamboo and prunus (plum) all symbolizes long life. Since they can all endure cold weather as in 'flourishing under adverse conditions' they are often shown together as the "Three Friends of Winter" or "The Three Friends". Together they symbolize longevity, perseverance, and integrity being the virtues of the ideal scholar-gentleman, and also the three main religions of China - Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism.
Source: Nilson, J. Gotheborg.com: Antique Chinese and Japanese Porcelain Collectors' Help and Info Page.
Overall Condition; Very good, some loss of ennamel. Size: 233mm x 44mm
17th century Transitional (1620 - 1661)
- 17e eeuw
- Regio / land van herkomst
- Zhangzhou Swatow
- Titel kunstwerk
- Three Friends of Winter
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- 44×233×233 mm