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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.

Fine Old Kutani Satsuma THOUSAND FLOWER Ginger Jar Vase Japan 19 Tall
Fine Old Kutani Satsuma THOUSAND FLOWER Ginger Jar Vase Japan 19 Tall
$299.00
Vintage SATSUMA JAPAN GINGER JAR WITH COVER
Vintage SATSUMA JAPAN GINGER JAR WITH COVER
$5.00
Beautiful Vintage Japanese Royal Satsuma Ginger Jar Vase Hand Painted 10 Tall
Beautiful Vintage Japanese Royal Satsuma Ginger Jar Vase Hand Painted 10 Tall
$89.99
Large Double Peacock Satsuma Vase Chop Marked With Covered Ginger Jar
Large Double Peacock Satsuma Vase Chop Marked With Covered Ginger Jar
$75.00
Vintage SATSUMA Style Japanese Moriage Geisha Girls GINGER JAR or URN LARGE 11
Vintage SATSUMA Style Japanese Moriage Geisha Girls GINGER JAR or URN LARGE 11
$179.95
Vintage SATSUMA Arnart Imports Floral Peacock Ginger Jar 8 Tall
Vintage SATSUMA Arnart Imports Floral Peacock Ginger Jar 8 Tall
$19.95
VINTAGE SATSUMA GINGER JAR WITH PEACOCK  PEONIES MADE IN JAPAN BY ARNART
VINTAGE SATSUMA GINGER JAR WITH PEACOCK PEONIES MADE IN JAPAN BY ARNART
$16.00
Vintage SATSUMA Ginger Jar White Gold Black Flowers Birds 55 Floral Oriental 2
Vintage SATSUMA Ginger Jar White Gold Black Flowers Birds 55 Floral Oriental 2
$19.97
Vintage Japanese SATSUMA GINGER JAR VASE with LID 5 3 4 Tall
Vintage Japanese SATSUMA GINGER JAR VASE with LID 5 3 4 Tall
$12.95