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This bronze yan steamer was a ceremonial object of the nobility during the Shang dynasty. Its function was to steam food. The bottom part is where the water was placed. The upper part is where the food was placed. A mobile partition is in the middle with many holes which allow the steam to run through. The partition is called Bi. The Bi is movable when the bottom needs to be cleaned.

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  • Title: Bronze yan steamer

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