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The origin and rise of the candle jar

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The art of the ancient Chinese lamp has a glorious history, bringing light and warmth to mankind, while also decorating and beautifying our living environment. The art of lighting is a wonderful chapter in the arts and crafts, whether it be bronze, ceramic, or palace lamps, all reflecting the skills and wisdom of the ancients. Let's take a look at the origins and emergence of the Candle jar. Here are some answers.

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  • The origins of the Candle jar.

  • During the Wei, Jin, and North and South Dynasties porcelain lamps became prevalent and the Candle jar emerged.

The origins of the Candle jar.

Fire is the source of the lamp. It is written in the book "The Origin of Things" by Luo Chip: "The flint man-made the fire, Shennong made oil, Xuan Yuan made lamps, Tang Yao made a lamp and cheese, and Cheng Tang made candles." Fire was the earliest source of light for mankind. The fire of Prometheus in Greek mythology, the "sacred fire" worshipped by Zoroastrians in ancient Persia, and the myth and legend of the "holy man" who drilled flint to get fire in ancient China, all reflect the worship of fire. The first campfires used in ancient times must have been the earliest form of illumination used by primitive peoples, who used fixed tools to keep the fire alive. The Candle jar, which is also the origin of the Candle jar, emerged later.

During the Wei, Jin, and North and South Dynasties porcelain lamps became prevalent and the Candle jar emerged.

During the Wei, Jin, and North-South Dynasties, bronze lamps were expensive and their production was restricted, so porcelain lamps became prevalent and replaced bronze lamps as the mainstream. In addition, the widespread use of candles during this period led to the popularity of the Candle jar, which was widely used during the Han dynasty and was decorated with simple, lotus flower motifs with Buddhist significance. It was not only used for lighting but also ceremonial and wedding occasions. During the Han dynasty, the majority of candle jars were bronze, with a tubular holder for the candle in the middle of the pool, and only the imperial and imperial courts could use them. By the time of the Western Jin dynasty, candles had become commonplace and most were porcelain Candle jars, which were made of pottery and were simple in shape, mostly bean-shaped. 

There are many references to candles in Jin dynasty literature, including the story of Shi Chong, a wealthy man who 'used wax candles for drinking'. There are also many poems about candles, such as Wang Yun's 'Poem on Candles', in which he says: 'The candle leads to a good time, and the shadows flow through the single curtain'. In Yu Xin's poem 'A Candle on a Candle', he says, 'I take a candle from a lamp and hold a candle, and I return a candle to a bar. The above poems reflect the fact that lamps and candles were already a necessity in people's daily lives. Oil lamps were mainly influenced by the bronze lamps of the Han dynasty, with multi-stemmed lamps, walking lamps, and lamps in the shape of ear cups.

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