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Waste jar

Waste jar


Waste jars like this were used for the disposal of litter and small amounts of liquid such as tea. In China today the use of these jars or ‘spittoons’ is still part of every day life.

In 1762, the Qianlong Emperor issued an order forbidding the palace workshops to carve reign-marks on waste jars. This piece has no reign-mark and so was probably made after 1762.

Glass, with overlay
Height: 21.9 cm, diameter: 12.7 cm, neck diameter: 12.3 cm

Chinese Description:

渣斗 中国,清朝,约 1735-1762 渣斗用以弃置垃圾或如冷茶等小量汁液。这类渣斗或唾壶仍然是现今中国日常生活的一部份。 套料玻璃

Creator: Unknown

Date: about 1735-1762, Qing dynasty

Copyright: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

Object ID:N4681

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