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Set of cookware (stand, stove and steamer)
Place of Origin: China, Shaanxi province or Henan province
Date: approx. 100 BCE-100 CE
Historical Period: Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE)
Materials: Earthenware with brownish glaze
Dimensions: H. 9 1/4 in, H. 24 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Ceramics
Object Number: B60P1815.a-.c
On Display: No

Description

Label: The three parts of this cooking utensil are perfectly fitted together: a steamer on top with round holes in the bottom; a stove in the middle with slits in its bottom; and a four-legged stand. The open work on the lower portion of each section presents diverse decorative patterns and mimics devices found on real stoves to allow the heat to flow upward. Pottery cookware with holes in the bottom originated in the neolithic Yangshao culture and evolved over a long period until finally the form was adopted by bronzesmiths. Lovely sets such as this attest to the skill and imagination of Han potters.
Label: The three parts of this cooking utensil are perfectly fitted together: a steamer on top with round holes in the bottom; a stove in the middle with slits in its bottom; and a four-legged stand. The open work on the lower portion of each section presents diverse decorative patterns and mimics devices found on real stoves to allow the heat to flow upward. Pottery cookware with holes in the bottom originated in the neolithic Yangshao culture and evolved over a long period until finally the form was adopted by bronzesmiths. Lovely sets such as this attest to the skill and imagination of Han potters.