Money Jar from Malaysia

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Money jar from Malaysia, collected in Philippines, Field Museum, Chicago


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  • copper sturgeon October 21, 2013 - 5:09 am Reply

    Blue and white means it is from the Ming Dynasty, China, modified.

  • Hans Brandeis October 28, 2013 - 11:30 pm Reply

    More information on early Chinese-Philippine relations:

    Chau Ju-Kua
    His Work on the Chinese and Arab Trade in the twelfth and thirteenth Centuries, entitled Chu-Fan-Chï. Translated from the Chinese and Annotated by Friedrich Hirth and W. W. Rockhill.
    St. Petersburg: Printing Office of the Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1911.

  • lynnette torres March 9, 2014 - 4:01 pm Reply

    when a money jar is given as a gift it is considered “lucky”- for good health and prosperity. the jar is made of porcelein and usually comes already with a coin that is never to be spent. hence the money jar will never be empty ( so is the recipients wallet!).
    it is usually placed in a location inside the house far from accident of it falling, as one would not want the jar to break. note the braided twine to protect the money jar from breaking in case of a blunt blow.
    more coins are to be added into the jar from time to time representing positive energies to the home. the money jar is meant to be diplayed and not kept in a vault or safety boxes.

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