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A BRONZE TRIPOD RITUAL WINE VESSEL, JIA
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A BRONZE TRIPOD RITUAL WINE VESSEL, JIA

SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 13TH CENTURY B.C.

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A BRONZE TRIPOD RITUAL WINE VESSEL, JIA
SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 13TH CENTURY B.C.
The vessel is cast with a globular body with a slightly flaring rim supporting two upright posts with tapering caps. The c-shaped handle is cast with a mythical beast head and the vessel stands on three blade-form feet. The body is decorated with evenly-spaced flanges dividing two registers of taotie masks with raised eyes, below a band of stiff leaves at the neck.
9 ¾ in. (24.7 cm.) high
Provenance
A private European collection amassed prior to 1998
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Lot Essay

Compare a jia wine vessel with almost identical decoration and similar size in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, accession no. S1987.60 and published in Robert W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections: Volume 1 of Ancient Chinese Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. vol. 1, Washington and Cambridge, MA, 1987. cat. 5, pp. 158-159.

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