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Vessel in shape of ancient water pourer

Vessel in shape of ancient water pourer


This is shaped like an ancient bronze vessel called a yi. Bronze yi were used to pour water in ceremonies to honour ancestors. They may also have had an everyday use in very wealthy households. A glass pourer like this might have been used as a water container for calligraphy on a scholar’s desk.

Height: 17.9 cm, length: 13.4 cm, width: 7.9 cm
Four-character mark of Qianlong reign period (1736-1795) in a double-outlined square

Creator: Unknown

Date: Qianlong reign period (1736-1795)

Copyright: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

Object ID:N4750

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