It tilted… at some point
The “tilted” travel theme somehow reminded me of the two treasures I saw and learned about in the Shaanxi Museum during our China trip. This post is not about “tilt” (I know…), but it may be a fun reading.
This Neolithic period water jar was unearthed in 1958.
The jar was used to draw water from the well and river. The picture posted in the Shaanxi Museum shows how this unusual shape of jar works. When the jar is empty, the gravity helps tip forward, then, water gradually flows into the jar. As soon as the jar is filled with water, it returns to its upright position. The jar has to tilt in the water at some point 🙂
This ceramic kettle, 907 to 960 AD, is another national treasure item in the Shaanx Museum. One of the uniquenesses of this Kettle is that the body, lid, and beam are in one body.
These slides explain how the Kettle was designed to work:
Notes for the Kettle:
The handle is in the shape of a phoenix, the spout as a lion, and the pot is carved with four intertwining peonies.
- Size: high 7.2″ (18.3 cm), abdominal diameter 5.6″ (14.3 cm)
- The pouring-in tube holds the water so that the bottom hole doesn’t leak.
- This is the use of the “high-level connectivity container” physical principles, which reflects the wisdom of craftsmen ingenuity in 960 AD.
- More about Chinese Ceramic
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