Only one week till Christmas now! We are getting very excited here at the museum! In continued celebration of the festive period we are celebrating the sixth day of Christmas.
This is our gorgeous goose, which is not so much a-laying, but more a-pouring. It is a bronze jug which is more than 2000 years old, more specifically it is a very rare ritual wine vessel, or tsun, used in China. The wine was contained in the body of the goose and poured from the goose’s beak. Finely crafted bronze vessels, including cooking pots and containers for food and wine, were used in ceremonies to make sacrifices to the ancestors, Heaven and Earth, and the forces of nature.