Almost every Nuosu household, from those in remote villages to modern apartments, has at least one piece of lacquerware to use on special occasions. Perhaps the most famous item is the Nuosu wine jug, known for the way it is filled—there’s no lid! Jug shape varies, but the interior design is the same. The liquid (wine or other alcohol) is poured in through a small hole in the bottom of the jug. This is connected to a pipe that extends halfway up the interior of the jug. When you turn the jug upright again, the pipe prevents the liquid from running out the bottom hole, and the beverage can then be poured through the spout like any other jug.
Dr. Stevan Harrell’s website offers additional information on Nuosu lacquerware. Further information on Nuosu culture, including lacquerware, is also featured in Mountain Patterns: The Survival of Nuosu Culture in China, which Dr. Harrell coauthored with Bamo Qubumo and Ma Erzi (both Nuosu).