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Wine vessel (jia)

Creation date: 12th century BCE-11th century BCE
Creation place: China

Other Information

Type: Bronze Chia
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Irving T. Snyder
Accession Number: 1948.91.a-b
Dimensions: 8 9/16 in. x 7 3/8 in. x 6 7/8 in. (21.75 cm x 18.73 cm x 17.46 cm)
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The distinctive characteristic of a jia is that it has legs, and the fact that this one has four rather than three legs makes it fairly rare. It was used for making offerings of wine in rituals that honor one's ancestors.

The ornamental vocabulary comprises a variety of stylized animals. The handle on the lid is in the form of two crested birds standing back-to-back. A bovine mask adorns the top of the handle, and under the handle on the bowl is a rabbit head that references the family name of the vessel's owners.
Last Updated: 1/24/2014


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Rare Birds of China: Observed & Imagined , 2/13/1999 - 4/18/1999

Art of East Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2013 - 8/1/2013


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Ms. Yu Sung. San Diego Museum of Art San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 22, 23, Figure Number: 23

Ms. Yu Sung. Selections from the Chinese Collection San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1999
Page Number: 78, Figure Number: 78

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 136, 137, Figure Number: 137

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