The Sixth Day of Christmas: Geese A-Laying

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.

Sixth

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The University of Aberdeen's Museums include King’s Museum and the University's Zoology Museum. The museums can claim to be Scotland's oldest, with records of museums and collections as far back as the late 17th century. Thanks to their status as a Recognised Collection of national significance, the Zoology Museum’s displays are currently being improved, while King's Museum hosts changing exhibitions drawn from across the collections, particularly those formerly in Marischal Museum. Visitors are warmly welcomed to the museums, and there are no charges for admission. Marischal College now houses the Museums Collections Centre, caring for and conserving many of the collections.
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