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Ancient wine vessels from Palace Museum's collection
From:China Daily  Writer:  Date:2017-12-05
This Thursday will embrace the Major Snow, the 21st solar term of the year, which marks significant drop in the temperature and the snow becomes heavy. In the freezing winter, warming some wine on the stove and taking a sip around the flickering flame brings much enjoyment.


A tin-made wine pot from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). [Photo/Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]


A silver wine vessel used to warm wine, from the Qing Dynasty. [Photo/Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]

In celebration of winter, the Palace Museum in Beijing has shared a range of photos featuring its collection of wine vessels with netizens on the micro blog Sina Weibo.


A silver wine pot painted with blue flowers from the Qing Dynasty. [Photo/Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]


A silver wine pot with cloud-dragon patterns from the Qing Dynasty. [Photo/Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]


A silver wine pot from the Qing Dynasty. [Photo/Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]

Gong was an ancient wine vessel used to hold wine, and normally built in the shape of animals. It was popular from the late Shang Dynasty (c.16th century-11th century BC) to early Western Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century--771 BC). Wine pot is a kind of wine container which usually has long neck, large belly and round feet.


A gong from the Shang Dynasty. [Photo/Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]


A red sandalwood engraved gong from the Qing Dynasty. [Photo/Official Weibo account of the Palace Museum]
 
Let's take a look at a variety of wine vessels from the Palace Museum's collection.




 
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