Fantasy Vessels

Like tea wares, drinking vessels have a long history as a part of Chinese alcoholic culture. All the way, drinking sets witnessed formation and development of it. Wine occupies an important place in the culture and life of the Chinese people. The banquets of ancient emperors and kings could not take place without it, thus it’s hardly surprising that every sort of wine vessel became an important kind of sacrificial object.

There were dozens kind of vessels except cups ancient Chinese used when drinking wine. During the Shang dynasty (1562 B.C.—1066 B.C.) and the Zhou dynasty (1066 B.C.—256 B.C.), bronze vessels were popular in the north while porcelain vessels with figures carved debuted in the south.

Vessels further developed between the Spring and Autumn period (770 B.C.—476 B.C.) and the Warring States period (476 B.C.—221 B.C.), from pottery to porcelain with thin coat of enamel. Later in Qin (248 B.C.—206 B.C.) and Han (208 B.C.—AD 8), glass vessel and whelk vessel appeared, and gold and silver cups decorated banquets of the despots.

Till the Northern and Southern dynasties (AD 439.—AD 581), drinking vessels became more delicate and tasteful since intellectuals liked drinking that time. During the Sui dynasty (AD 581 – AD 618) and the Tang dynasty (AD 618—AD 907), porcelain pots and cups were common.. Then after the Song dynasty (AD 960 —AD1127.), drinking vessels had a big family, with porcelain and bronze vessels being the most common ones.

Jia, Tripod Wine Vessel. Late Shang Dynasty (1562 B.C.—1066 B.C.).

You, Ritual Bronze Wine Vessel. Western Zhou Period (1066 B.C.—256 B.C.).