I am a collector by nature for reasons that I don’t understand, but that I shamelessly blame on my mother, who’s a lovely and controlled hoarder herself (Hi Mom, Love you too!!)!
My latest addiction are blue & white Ginger Jars. I was curious to know their origin and here is a little blip of what I found:
“Ginger jars originated in China ; it is not known in exactly what century (other sources say they date back as far as 5,000 years ago), but it is known that the popular covered ginger jar that we see most now gained its popularity in the Quin Dynasty. You can still find century-old ginger jars in antique stores, but because of their use, it is not often that you will find one with its original lid intact (Hence the collectable factor!!)” – E-How
Why is it called a Ginger Jar you ask? Excellent question indeed! *wink*
“A ginger jar is a Chinese porcelain jar with a wide mouth, a domed lid and a bulging, spherical body. Although the Chinese traditionally used the jars to store a variety of goods, the jars acquired the name “ginger jars” because they often contained ginger when they were exported to the West.” E-How
I personally love them for their large proportions and various heights which make them ideal to create vignettes whether grouped together or alone amongst other decorative items. Plus I think the fact of hunting them down makes it all the more exciting for me when I can finally get my hands on one that is intact, with its lid, and that I was able to afford at my bargain hunter rate!
Anyone else share my Ginger Jars passion? What do you use them for?