What Are Some Different Types of Ginger Jar Table Lamps?


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Park Madison Lighting ginger jar lamps featuring a blue delf-like finish are available from Amazon.com, as of January 2016. Amazon's range also includes lamps with Asian-inspired fish patterns, birds and flowers in jade green and simple designs featuring stripes and solid colors. Sellers that offer ginger jar lamps on Amazon.com include LampStoreOriginals, Oriental Furnishings, Jimco and Safavieh.

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Beso.com offers ginger jar lamps with Cantonese-style designs such as dragons and floral patterns. The lamps are available in a range of shapes, such as square and cylindrical, alongside the traditional outline. BHG.com offers a similar range, with links to purchase lamps from manufacturers such as Mario Industries, East Enterprises, Stein World and Crown Lighting.

The typical ginger jar shape is similar to a vase or an urn, with shoulders that are wider than the base. As the name suggests, the jars were originally used to store ginger and other spices. Traditionally, they are made from blue and white porcelain but may also be yellow, red or white. In the past, yellow jars signified a gift to an emperor, red jars symbolized health and white jars were given as wedding gifts. While some jars are converted into table lamps, others are used as vases or are left on display as part of a collection.

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