Asian Art Gallery - Tombs and Burial Wares Level 1, NGV International
Round, three bulbous legs tapering to points, impressed cord pattern over body. An ancient cooking vessel with three hollow legs to be filled with water which will boil when heated below. The boiling water in the hollow legs will boil and steam foods in a pot or container above it. It is the early form of steaming which is very popular in Chinese cooking. The present vessel was specially made for burial and for the use of the deceased in the afterlife.