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Pouring vessel

Pouring vessel

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    450 BC-250 BC (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze, cast

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 10

This bronze pouring vessel is called a 'yi' in Chinese. In ancient China metalworkers made a great variety of bronze vessels for ritual use. Each vessel had a specific name according to its shape and function. A yi would have been used with a basin, in a cleansing ceremony.

Place of Origin

China (made)


450 BC-250 BC (made)



Materials and Techniques

Bronze, cast

Descriptive line

Bronze pouring vessel yi, China, Eastern Zhou period, ca. 450-250 BC

Labels and date

Pouring vessel (yi)
Eastern Zhou dynasty
450-250 BC

This pouring vessel would have been used with a basin, in a cleansing ceremony.

Cast bronze

Museum no. M.552-1911 [2007]


Ceremonial objects


East Asia Collection

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