Celadon Wine Pot
Manufacturer & Availability
Replicas are available from China and there is even one appearing on Etsy.
19 cm (H) x 15 cm (diameter)
Here's a puzzle that is totally different...
This was a gift to me from fellow puzzle collector Yee Dian Lee, whom I featured a while back. Lee wrote to me to give me more information about this wine pot:
"....the puzzle winepot (倒流壶 Daoliuhu) which you brought back, it is a replica of a Tang Dynasty celadon piece that was unearthed in 1968 in Shaanxi Province, China. That piece is now kept at the Shaanxi History Museum (陕西历史博物馆) in Xian, Shaanxi.
A giant replica of this now sits in front of another museum in Yaozhou district near Xian (see the bottom of the page here - http://blog.sina.com.cn/guwan2005 )
More details here in Chinese (which can be Google translated) -
The Lilly Library also holds a similar replica (Lion Wine Pot) with some info in its puzzle vessels collection.
You fill the vessel from a bottom filling hole...and pour out the wine/liquid from the Lion's spout like an ordinary tea pot. There are a number of illustrations on the internet showing the internal mechanics of the pot and how the vessel is filled and used. I will leave readers to discover these for themselves.
This the first and so far my only puzzle vessel in my collection. A big thank you to Yee Dian Lee for his generosity.