Someone once compared the faucet to a little angel in the bathroom. What this little angel brings is not only a fantasy in design, but also a clear spring that nourishes life and cleanses the body. When touching the wings of the little angel, waiting for the clear spring to rush out, and jumping out of the cold on the fingertips, out of professional habits, I can’t help but think of how the ancients did in ancient times before the invention of the faucet. Drawing water from rivers and lakes to nourish life? Thinking so far, I can’t help but look up the information, trying to find out the past and present of the faucet
The earliest dragon head in the world has not been clearly recorded in the current historical materials. Ancient Chinese folks opened up the bamboo joints and connected them one by one to draw water from rivers or mountain springs for people to use. This is regarded as an ancient dragon head. Looking at the design of some modern faucet products, many of them have incorporated the design inspiration in the form of bamboo, linking the ancient bamboo water diversion method with the modern return to nature, and on this basis, adding the current popular Environmental protection, water saving promotional slogan.
There is another convincing allusion about the real name of the faucet. It is said that as early as the middle of the 18th century, Emperor Qianlong built a luxurious Western garden on the east side of the Old Summer Palace. A fountain was built in the palace, but he didn’t want to float on the surface of the gourd according to the western fountain, so he asked Europe to go back to Castiglione, who was working in the palace at that time, to design a bronze animal head of the twelve zodiac animals that combined Chinese and Western, and placed it in the center of the garden. Spray water in turn for two hours. This is the rudiment of the Chinese faucet. Later, faucets are engraved wherever there is a water outlet. Water flows out of the faucet, hence the name of the faucet.
This record may only be regarded as a time point pulled out after the prototype of the Chinese faucet appeared and gradually approached the modern age. The history of all things is always dust.
Sealed in a pile of fixed paper, erasing the dusty history, the things involved in the past life of the Chinese faucet may be much more colorful than its present life. The traceability of the events involved in this previous life spans from 7000 BC to 1840 BC, when the earliest water wells appeared in ancient China. Before the appearance of wells, our ancestors lived by water and could only live in places with surface water or spring water. Wells changed the way of life of ancestors who lived by water, and people could live in groups far away from rivers.
The Kudou, which appeared in the handicraft era in the Western Zhou Dynasty, and the water-drawing tool Ju, which was invented in the Spring and Autumn Period, were mainly used to draw water from ponds and water to irrigate farmland. . After the orange cherry, the birth of the guard is another change in the water-taking tool in the Spring and Autumn Period. This ancient water-taking method is erected on the top of the well, with a shaft that can be rotated by a handle, and a rope is wound around the shaft. One end of the rope is tied to a bucket. The handle makes the bucket fall together to extract well water, especially suitable for drawing water from deep water. Since then, the scraper-type continuous water-lifting keel waterwheel and the drum-cart that uses hydraulic force to impact the large water wheel and drive the bamboo tubes or large bamboo tubes on the rim to lift water from the river have also been born one after another, which are still vaguely seen in some villages in China today. their shadows.