A Lidless Flagon From the Five Dynasties of China

The lidless flagon from the Five Dynasties (A.D. 907~960) was made over 1,000 years ago, but its design is still amazing.  (Image: Secret China)
The lidless flagon from the Five Dynasties (A.D. 907~960) was made over 1,000 years ago, but its design is still amazing. (Image: Secret China)

The lidless flagon from the Five Dynasties (A.D. 907~960) was made over 1,000 years ago, but its design is still amazing. As the body and the lid are joined, the lid cannot be removed. The wine is injected into the flagon through a hole at the bottom of the pot — the eye of the plum flower — but it does not seep out of the hole. The pot doesn’t only have this delicate function; its color, the patterns on the body, and its animal design all make it extraordinary.

Flipping Porcelain Pot: A Lid-less Flagon from the 5 Chinese Dynasties

The lidless flagon from the Five Dynasties at the Shaanxi History Museum. (Image: Secret China)

Flipping Porcelain Pot: A Lid-less Flagon from the 5 Chinese Dynasties

The wine is injected into the flagon through a hole at the bottom of the pot: the eye of the plum flower. (Image: Secret China)

Flipping Porcelain Pot: A Lid-less Flagon from the 5 Chinese Dynasties

Once it’s filled with wine, the flagon is flipped over. (Image: Secret China)

Flipping Porcelain Pot: A Lid-less Flagon from the 5 Chinese Dynasties

The wine will remain inside the flagon without leaking out. (Image: Secret China)

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