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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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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