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Antique Green Stoneware Soy Container
Item No. 16293

19th Century, N/A, China
13" x 0" x 0"
( 33.02 x 0 x 0 cm)
(H x W x D)

Large ceramic apple-green containers such as this one were very common in the late 19th century in China, as they were both beautiful and had great practical utility. This one, as the inscription tells us contained "The best of light colored soy sauce." So, these fairly large containers were the means for shipping soy sauce, wine, cooking oil, and many, many other liquids. What also made them so popular besides their functional application was that no two were alike in shape, size and color. Not only were there a variety of shapes and sizes made, but also the colors could range from a dark green to an apple-green to a number of different blues and, sometimes, there would be a pleasant combination of compatible colors along that pallete appearing on a single jar. The names of the company that made the liquid inside, the simple name or description of the liquid itself or, sometimes, a poetic couplet, short poem or imaginitive colorful description of the product or the effects of the product on those who used it would usually , but not always, be "printed" in raised Chinese characters on the outside of the container.

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