Jiao Dou Wine Warming Vessel

Accession No. R023508
Period Sui and Tang dynasties
Material Porcelain
Findspot Tomb No. 243 Hsiao-t'un, Yin-xu Site
Geographic Location Hsiao-t'un village, Anyang, Honan province, China
Dimension H. 7.2 cm; Diam. of rim 7.8 cm


Jiao dou was a warming vessel which could possibly be used as a wine container. Different materials, including bronze, iron, pottery, and porcelain, were used to make Jiao dou in various shapes and with different decorations. The handles could be flared or straight. They were commonly used as grave goods from the Han dynasty to the Southern and Northern dynasties.