Chinese Blue & White Charger, Three Friends In Winter, Early Qing Dynasty
An excellent Blue & White Charger with Three Friends In Winter design, (Bamboo, Pine and Plum) with Wave edges, symbolism for both a turbulent ocean from which a Dragon will rise, and for the Yangtze River which overflows each year destroying thousands of farms and homes.
This is a tribute to Emperor's Kangzhi and Yongzheng who were successful in diverting the Yangtze each winter and thus became heros to the people.
Probably early Qianlong era. Chargers of this specific size were reserved by the Imperial Palace for use during the annual Feast of The Elders where all senior citizens were celebrated for their longevity.
To survive to old age in China was thought to require rigorous pious beliefs and high moral standards. A long life was a reward from the Gods and celebrated as such.
In fact, very few people could survive given abject poverty, hunger and disease so the miracle of a long life seemed all the more spectacular indicating that the Gods themselves must have favored these people.
Excellent overall condition, no damage or repairs. Measures 15" (38 cm) Wide, by 2" (5 cm) Deep.
Item ID: 1640
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