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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.

Large Antique Japanese Meiji Period Satsuma Pottery Ginger Jar Birds  Flowers
Large Antique Japanese Meiji Period Satsuma Pottery Ginger Jar Birds Flowers
$215.00
Vintage Satsuma Ornate Ginger Jar
Vintage Satsuma Ornate Ginger Jar
$20.00
ENAMEL AND GOLD DECORATED SMALL SATSUMA GINGER JAR DRAGON BIRD
ENAMEL AND GOLD DECORATED SMALL SATSUMA GINGER JAR DRAGON BIRD
$19.99
Satsuma Vintage Vase Double Peacock Vtg Crackle Mums Floral Ginger Jar Japan
Satsuma Vintage Vase Double Peacock Vtg Crackle Mums Floral Ginger Jar Japan
$10.00
Vintage SATSUMA Ginger Jar Japan Birds Flowers Hand Painted Jar  Lid
Vintage SATSUMA Ginger Jar Japan Birds Flowers Hand Painted Jar Lid
$29.99
VINTAGE SATSUMA GINGER JAR W PEACOCKs  PEONIES MADE IN JAPAN BY ARNART IMPORTS
VINTAGE SATSUMA GINGER JAR W PEACOCKs PEONIES MADE IN JAPAN BY ARNART IMPORTS
$20.00
Beautiful Vintage SATSUMA JAPAN Peacock Floral Asian Ginger Jar Vase Lidded Urn
Beautiful Vintage SATSUMA JAPAN Peacock Floral Asian Ginger Jar Vase Lidded Urn
$16.95
Japanese Satsuma GINGER JAR Meiji Era Shimazu Earthenware 3 Scenes Signed Rare
Japanese Satsuma GINGER JAR Meiji Era Shimazu Earthenware 3 Scenes Signed Rare
$175.00
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