Goblet (jia)

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

Late Shang dynasty, 13th century–1046 B.C.

Artist:

China

About this artwork

Monumental scale and the precise casting of animal imagery distinguish this vessel as a commission of late Shang royalty. Two tiers of monster masks encircle the flared bowl. Elongated version of these masks, which may also be interpreted as paired serpents, descend the sharply tapered legs. A bovine head with sculpted horns crowns the strap handle. Pieces of the clay core, visible through holes in the legs, remain from the piece-mold casting process.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 131

Title

Goblet (jia)

Origin

China

Date

1200 BC–1046 BC

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

51.5 × 23.5 cm (20 1/4 × 9 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Lucy Maud Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1926.1599

Extended information about this artwork

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