25 juin 2021

Rectangular vessel for offering wine, Late Shang period, ca. 1200 BCE

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Rectangular vessel for offering wine. Excavated from the tomb of Fu Hao in Yin ruins, Anyang, Henan Province, in 1976, Late Shang period, ca. 1200 BCE. Bronze, height 67 cm, Institute of Archeology, CASS, Beijing. © The Israel Museum

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Detail: capped posts. Rectangular vessel for offering wine. Excavated from the tomb of Fu Hao in Yin ruins, Anyang, Henan Province, in 1976, Late Shang period, ca. 1200 BCE. Bronze, height 67 cm, Institute of Archeology, CASS, Beijing. © The Israel Museum

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Detail: close up view. Rectangular vessel for offering wine. Excavated from the tomb of Fu Hao in Yin ruins, Anyang, Henan Province, in 1976, Late Shang period, ca. 1200 BCE. Bronze, height 67 cm, Institute of Archeology, CASS, Beijing. © The Israel Museum

This large vessel, used for warming and serving wine, is a square variant of the three-legged jia vessel. It is one of three exceptionally large square jia vessels made for Fu Hao, whose name is inscribed on the flat base. It stands on four flanged, flaring blade-like legs, and the body is decorated with taotie. The vessel is topped by two large capped posts, which were used to lift the goblet after it had stood in the fire to warm the wine.

Exhibition 'China: One Hundred Treasures', Jerusalem, August 14, 2001 - January 15, 2002

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