Primitive Ceramic Wine-Heating Vessel with a Handle


Warring States Period
Height: 17.7cm
Mouth diameter: 7cm

Straight mouth, round belly, three beast-shaped legs, beast- head-shaped spout, short curved tail on the other side of the vessel; the handle is shaped like a bow, with saw tooth-edged ridges on top of both ends. The shoulders and the belly are decorated with four lines of continuous waves. The vessel is primitive and elegant in shape and evenly applied with yellowish gray blue glaze and adorned with simple and lively patterns, giving a dynamic feel.

Primitive ceramics appeared in the early days of the Shang Dynasty and got popular during the Spring and Autumn and the Warring States Periods. Before the Warring States Period, due to backward technology and the lack of raw material-treating processes like careful filtering, panning, molding and polishing etc, articles were simply shaped and in most cases, cracks could be found in the bases, and the glaze colors were quite unstable. In the Warring States Period, though, great progress was achieved in the making of primitive ceramics, with great improvement in heating and glaze applying, among other aspects. As a result, articles were regularly shaped and evenly applied with glaze, which was yellowish graybluish yellow in color. The articles were mostly modeled after bronze ware of that time, such as wine vessels, tripods, food-holding vessels, wine-heating vessels, plates with a high stand, and bells etc. And the decorative patterns were created by carving, chiseling and molding etc. The articles were simple and elegant in style.