Earthenware Jar, Chinese, alcohol; unknown maker; ?; RX.2018.16.1

Name/Title

Earthenware Jar, Chinese, alcohol

About this object

This bottle is believed to have been brought over by the Chinese settlers who were an important part of the Central Otago gold rush and was found on the river bank in Roxburgh by the late Bethel Quinn.

The jar has an inscription of Chinese characters on the base that when roughly translated mean 'Best wishes for good fortune in a new country'. The jar is believed to have held spirits around 23% proof, that should have helped with the Otago winters!

Maker

unknown maker

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Date Made

?

Period

unknown

Place Made

Asia, China

Medium and Materials

Bottle:
processed material, ceramic, pottery

Associated explanation card:
processed material, paper

Inscription and Marks

Base is embossed with Chinese writing.

The card that goes with bottle has the following notes:

Earthenware jar used to hold spirits
(about 23% proof) imported from
Hong Kong by Chinese miners.
Found along Roxburgh river bank
below Paisley Place by the late
Bethel Quinn.
The Chinese characters on the base
of the jar, roughly translated, mean: -

"Best wishes for good fortune
in a new country".

Measurements

h 180mm x diam 125mm
454g

Object Type

containers

Object number

RX.2018.16.1

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

Comments
Robin 23 Jul 2019 23:01 PM,UTC

The rough translation of the characters on the base was provided by the Chinese- born parents of my grand-daughter-in-law.

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Alcohol
Chinese
Gold Rush
Mining
Pottery

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