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Satsuma Ginger Jar

Another item made by the famous potters of the Satsuma region and other parts of Japan, Asia and the East are jars that are used for storing foods or precious scents. These jars have become known as Ginger Jars.

These jars come in various different sizes, from as small as 5 inches tall to over 2-3 feet tall and were used to store food items such as salt, rice, ginger and spices. They are typically smaller at the base, rising to a wider "hip" and then returning to a smaller opening at the top which is usually covered with a lid to keep the contents fresh.

As per the other items of Satsuma Pottery, the ginger jars are covered with intricate and beautiful designs, patterns and images of Japanese life, culture, plants, flowers and people.

In modern times, it is popular for the larger of the ginger jars to be turned into lamps. Due to their size and weight, the design makes a perfect lamp base to be displayed and used all over your home or office.  However, it is very unlikely (or foolish) for someone to use a real antique piece in this manner.  The lamps on sale are mostly in the Satsuma style, with the relevant designs and hallmarks, but not of any real value.

The smaller Satsuma Ginger Jars are more collectible than the larger ones, and jars that are highly decorated with hand painted enamel are the most sought after. Make sure you look for any damage when buying a jar and also make sure that you are buying an authentic piece, not a mass production version.

Japanese Satsuma Ginger Jar
Japanese Satsuma Ginger Jar
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Vintage SATSUMA Ginger Jar Japan Birds Flowers Hand Painted Jar Lid
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Vintage Japanese SATSUMA Ginger Jar Urn Vase with Lid 5 3 4 Tall
Vintage Japanese SATSUMA Ginger Jar Urn Vase with Lid 5 3 4 Tall
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Vintage SATSUMA Arnart Imports Floral Peacock Ginger Jar 8 Tall
Vintage SATSUMA Arnart Imports Floral Peacock Ginger Jar 8 Tall
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Antique Vtg Japanese Hand Painted Satsuma Pottery Ginger Jar Container Vase
Antique Vtg Japanese Hand Painted Satsuma Pottery Ginger Jar Container Vase
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Beautiful Satsuma Ginger Jar Handpainted Japan MINT CONDITION 85
Beautiful Satsuma Ginger Jar Handpainted Japan MINT CONDITION 85
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Japan Satsuma Ginger Jar with Peacock  Floral Design
Japan Satsuma Ginger Jar with Peacock Floral Design
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Satsuma 8 Porcelain Handpainted Ginger Jar Peacock Floral Blossoms JapanMINT
Satsuma 8 Porcelain Handpainted Ginger Jar Peacock Floral Blossoms JapanMINT
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Vintage Satsuma Porcelain Floral Ginger Jar Urn Vase Made In Japan
Vintage Satsuma Porcelain Floral Ginger Jar Urn Vase Made In Japan
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2 replies on “Satsuma Ginger Jar”

Hi there. Unfortunately not. Original Satsuma pieces come from Japan and do not have English writing on. You have an item that is probably a mass-produced copy.

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