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Ritualistic Wine Vessel
Item No. 19445

19th Century, N/A, China
17.5" x 13.75" x 13.75"
( 44.45 x 34.925 x 34.925 cm)
(H x W x D)

This lidded vessel with green and turquoise glaze was used to prepare and store medicinal serums of wine and herbs. It is decorated with an upside down dragon head as the spout, and arched raised bamboo stems with leaves on the shoulder and sides and a rectangular biscuit on the front and an arched handle. Bamboo is considered a symbol of strength and flexibility, as as it bends in the wind yet maintains its integrity. It is also evergreen and immutable and thus a symbol of old age. It was considered the emblem of the perfect Confucian gentleman, who kept his virtue pure and his emotions in check; like a bamboo stalk, he kept his inner self empty and untroubled, and could bend in the wind without breaking. The lid of the vessel is topped with a handle in the shape of a lotus bud.

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