An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, jia Middle Shang dynasty | 商中期 青銅饕餮紋斝
An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel, jia
Middle Shang dynasty
h. 28.3 cm
The x-ray photos show there are restored breaks to the rim and a crack approx. 5 cm at the taotie mask. There is also a crack to one of the lower legs. The restoration of the rim can be clearly seen under uv: three areas of 5 cm, 6 cm and 8 cm. Other minor wear.
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A closely related archaic bronze jia of similar size, illustrated in Richard A. Pegg and Zhang Lidong, The MacLean Collection: Chinese Ritual Bronzes, Chicago, 2010, pl. 10, was sold in our New York rooms, 21st September 2021, lot 4 (https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/important-chinese-art-5/an-archaic-bronze-ritual-wine-vessel-jia-middle).