Storage jar

This is a large, slip-decorated storage jar made from stone or earthernware. The main decorative motifs are two large flying phoenix interspersed with flowers. The phoenix is an auspicious symbol that represents beauty, grace, high virtue, the Empress and the bride. This jar is of a style commonly found in Peranakan homes and could be used as a pot to store water, grow plants or to rear fishes. In a Peranakan household, these jars were a common sight in kitchens, gardens and airwells.

Date/Period
Late 19th-early 20th century
Region
Straits Settlements
Dimension
Object size: H47.5 x W100 x D76.6 cm
Accession No.
2009-03718
Material
Ceramic
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr and Mrs Ee Kuo Ren and Ms Ee Yuen-Lin, in memory of Willie Ee Kean Leong and Lim Eng Hong
Category
Furnishings