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Water containers

Updated: Mar 25, 2019 Print

Shallow Basin (pan): A bronze shallow basin (pan) can be square or round in shape. Small basins are used for washing hands or the face, while big basins are bathtubs.


Shallow basin (pan), late Western Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century-771 BC), collection of Shaanxi History Museum [Photo/]

Basin (jian): The jian basin is used to carry water or ice. Before the advent of mirrors in ancient China, people looked at themselves in a basin filled with water.


Basin (jian), late Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC), collection of the Palace Museum [Photo/]

Ewer (yi): A vessel designed for the convenience of ladling and pouring water for washing, the ewer (yi) has an oval shape with a handle and a broad, short spout. To ensure the liquid will not pour out, some of the ewers are equipped with four legs for stability.


Ewer (yi), early Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC), collection of the Palace Museum [Photo/]

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