Chia, wine vessel

Shang dynasty (1766 1122 B.C.), ca. 12th century B.C. Height: 34.7 cm Mouth
diameter: 22.0 cm Weight: 3160 g

The term Chia has been associated with the form shown here only since the Sung dynasty. The chia is related in origin to the chueh, but is usually considerably larger in size. Chia-type vessels were no longer manufactured in quantity after the Shang dynasty. This broad, deep bowl with flaring rim and convex bottom is supported by three slightly curved triangular legs. On one side is a strap handle, and the lip is surmounted by two upright columns with mushroom-like caps. Both registers of the body are decorated with animal masks.

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