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
the compressed globular body with a slightly convex base, resting on three blade-shaped legs and rising to a tall trumpet neck, set with a D-form handle at one side and a pair of posts with conical finials at the rim on the opposite side, the body and the neck each cast with a register comprising three units of taotie masks, the creatures' distinctive oval eyes emerging in high relief against the abstracted curvilinear facial features, each mask bordered above and below by a narrow band of raised circles, the well of the body with three triangular apertures revealing the hollow interior of the legs, the patina gray with areas of green oxidation
Height 11¼ in., 28.6 cm
In overall good condition except for a minor crack to two of the legs and another very short crack to the handle. X-Ray available upon request.
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