Antique Japanese Cherry Blossom Great Blue Herons Edo Period Bowl
The Importance of Cherry Blossoms In Japanese Symbolism
Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flower of the spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature of life. Their life is very short. After their beauty peaks around two weeks, the blossoms start to fall.
During this season in Japan, people like to have cherry blossom parties with colleagues, friends, and family. A cherry blossom makes people merry. They enjoy eating, drinking, and barbecuing underneath the cherry blossoms. We call this custom hanami. Hanami literally means “watching blossoms,” and the tradition can be traced back at least a thousand years.
The Importance of Herons In Japanese Symbolism
Herons are considered positive symbols, representing good things in Japanese culture, such as purity, longevity and fortune. It is believed herons bring fortune and guidance and they also represent purity and longevity and play the role of the guardians of the soul on the path to afterlife. In Japan, there are several legends telling about people who have died and then turned into a heron bird. Consequently, for centuries they have been represented in traditional Japanese art pieces, and their presence is inspiring.
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- Type - Antique Bowl
- Composition - Porcelain
- Origin - Japan
- Date- Unknown - Edo Period - Qing Dynasty
- Condition - Pre-Owned - Very Good Condition
- Dimensions - 3" Wide x 2.5" Tall x 1" Wide