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Jia (wine vessel)
MT-DW-01
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is one of the oldest objects in our collection. It has a round bottom with the legs slightly bent. Two nails are cast on the round mouth. On one side of the vessel there is a rounded handle decorated with a mask. There is also a decoration of a taotie mask on the belly. Its shape is very balanced.

History of the Object
The shape of the jia was borrowed from the pottery vessels. The title "jia" derives from the Song Dynasty. Supposedly, this beaker was used by the lower levels of the mightiest people during funeral ceremonies or ceremonies in the temples of ancestors.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Bronze; cast 
Measurements
27,3 x 14, 1 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 16th century ~ BCE 10th century 
Creation date
BC; Shang Dynasty 1600 – 1046 BC 
Function
Ritual 
Acquisition
This object derived from a large collection of the famous Polish collector Tadeusz Wierzejski (1892 – 1974), who handed down this vessel to our museum in 1966. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
District Museum, Torun 
Museum
District Museum, Torun 
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