Antique Stoneware Fruit Offering (19330QBLE)


H: 8.75″  Dia” 6.75″

This colorful stoneware sculpture of a food offering would have been placed on a Chinese family home altar to augment or in lieu of a plate of stacked fresh fruit. These offerings were and are still made by followers of Buddhism, Taoist and Popular Religions to honor the family’s ancestors, communicate with deities and bring prosperity, good luck and health to the home.


Offerings of sweets, fruits, florals, tea and currency are traditionally placed on a home altar in Chinese homes, often in front of ancestor figures or tablets as a form of ancestor-worship in homage to their spirits and before Buddhist and Taoist images in reverence and gratitude to the deities. These offerings are often accompanied by lighting of incense in a family ceremony. It is believed that the offerings provide the means to communicate with beings in the other world to let them know what those who are making the offerings would like from them and to bring into the home fu and the Five Blessings or Happinesses. When the ceremony is completed, the food can be consumed and the power and energy it has received from the ceremony can then be enjoyed by those who made and consumed the offerings. This delicate and vibrant Qing dynasty stoneware glaze sculpture represents fresh fruit that symbolizes life and new beginnings would have been placed on a home altar to represent and/or augment these offerings. As part of our Ceramics-and-Pottery collection, it is in very fine condition with vibrant yellow, green and blue hues with some losses and surfaces blemishes consistent with age and use.

Additional information

Dimensions 12 × 9 × 6 in
Place of Origin



Antique, Qing Dynasty


19th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

8.75” Dia: 6 .75”

Dimensions (metric)

22.22cm Dia: 15.24cm


2lbs 1oz


Very Good, expected signs of age and use.

Reference Number



6” to 11.9”

Shipping Box Size