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Pair of Antique Chinese Martaban Jars

Pair consists of one storage Jar and one money jar. A martavan (martaban) is a large stoneware or highly fired earthenware storage jar. Martavans were made by the Chinese in the ports of Maraban and Burma to ship goods to India and the near east. Their primary function was to store goods for shipment. Martavans were also used to store tuak, rice wine. The drinking of rice wine during social ceremonies was very important and these martavans were central to social and ceremonial events as people would gather around and drink from them. In the 18th-19th century the Japanese prized these jars for effectively preserving tea, a delicacy. Antique Chinese MartavanAs trade from China ceased, these jars became very valuable and were indicative of a man's wealth. They were used as collateral to secure loans.

Dimensions 12.0ʺW x 12.0ʺD x 16.0ʺH
Item ID 1031846
# Pieces 2

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