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Large collection of antique Chinese porcelain purchased in Oman

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Slide-Show: A collection of antique Chinese porcelain purchased in Oman

The slide-show shows photos of a pottery  collection consisting mostly of low cost (provincial) Chinese pottery / porcelain:

a) Chinese ginger-jars and other pots typically used to store honey. The jar  with the blue and milk-white and bottom with blue circle is probably 17th cent. See ref 1 for article on Omani honey

b) Large rice bowls. The "dragonchasing pearl" rice bowls are quite rare and valuable. Origin maybe south east Asia rather than China?

c) Plates (these plates are extremely difficult to date, and  some could be older as the time-range indicated (same designs already used during the Ming period)

Antique Chinese gingerpot OmanAntique Chinese gingerpot Oman

Antique Chinese gingerpot OmanAntique Chinese Ricebowl Oman dragon chasing flaming pearl

Two identical large rice-bowls with "dragon chasing flaming pearl design bought in Nizwa

From south East Asia dated pre 1800.

The pearl is associated with spiritual energy, wisdom, prosperity, power, immortality, thunder, or the moon. The dragon dance movement "dragon chasing the pearl" shows that the dragon is continually in the pursuit of wisdom.

The Chinese dragon dance  is often led by a person holding a spherical object representing a pearl. The dragon dance movement

Antique Chinese gingerpot OmanAntique Chinese gingerpot Oman

Name: A collection of antique Chinese porcelain purchased in Oman

Period: 1780-1840

Origin: China (one or two items may be Japanese and the rare early bowls maybe from south east Asia) Purchased in the Mutrah souq during the early 1980´s .

 

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  1. Throw down the anchor The story of the Muttrah souq by Maxine Burden, centre for Omani dress, Muscat Media Group 2014 pages 210-211 contains an article on Omani honey.
  2. British Museum online   Ingrams Collection 2014,2011.119 and 2014,2011.121 Identical Chinese rice bowls (with the painted  floral and calligraphic motifs)  Width 24 cm