Wine vessel (Jia)

Historical period(s)
Shang dynasty, ca. 12th century BCE
H x W x D: 36.6 x 22.2 x 26.1 cm (14 7/16 x 8 3/4 x 10 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel

Ritual vessel: jia

casting, China, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), wine, WWII-era provenance

By 1925
Chen Baochen (1848–1935), Forbidden City, China then Tianjin, China, and finally Beijing, China [1]

To 1949
“Property of a Lady” [2]

Sale, London, Sotheby & Company, “Fine Early Chinese Ceramics, Important Bronzes and Silverwork, European Medieval Ivories and Enamels,” July 19, 1949, lot 100, “Magnificent Large Bronze Chia.” [3]

To 1967
“Property of a Gentleman” [4]

Sale, London, Christie, Manson, & Woods, “Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art,” June 19, 1967, lot 165, “An Important Archaic Bronze Chia [5]

Around 1967 to 1969
Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, England [6]

At least from 1969 to 1972
Jen Chai Art Gallery, New York, NY purchased from Sydney L. Moss in 1969 [7]

J. T. Tai & Company, New York, NY purchased from Jen Chai Art Gallery on 6/30/1972 [8]

1972 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, NY purchased from J. T. Tai & Company around September 14, 1972 [9]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [10]


[1] See: Sun Zhuang, Cheng Qiu Guan jijin tu (Beijing, 1931) fig. 43.

[2] See Sotheby & Co., Catalogue of Fine Early Chinese Ceramics, Important Bronzes and Silverwork, European Medieval Ivories and Enamels …” (London: July 19, 1949), lot 100.

[3] See note 2.

[4] Christie, Manson & Woods, LTD, “Catalogue of Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art …” (London: June 19, 1967), lot 65.

[5] See note 4.

[6] See stock record A 496 of Jen Chai Art Gallery, INC, copy in object file. The stock record reports that Sydney Moss of London sold to Jen Chai Art Gallery in 1969.

[7] See note 6.

[8] See stock record referenced in note 6. Jen Chai Art Gallery, INC sold to J. T. Tai & Co. INC in 1971.

[9] Arthur M. Sackler purchased the object from J. T. Tai & Company, INC on June 30, 1972.

[10] Pursuant to the agreement between Arthur M. Sackler and the Smithsonian Institution, dated July 28, 1982, legal title of the donated objects was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on September 11, 1987.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Jen Chai Art Gallery
Chen Baochen
Sydney L. Moss Ltd. founded 1910
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987
J.T. Tai & Co. established in 1950

Published References
  • Bernhard Karlgren. Some Characteristics of the Yin Art. no. 34. cat. 1-28, plate 38.
  • Cheng Qiu Guan Ji Jin Tu (Liang Ce) [Pictures of Ancient Bronzes in the Cheng Qiu Guan]. 2 volumes, . .
  • Robert W. Bagley. Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections: Volume 1 of Ancient Chinese Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. vol. 1, Washington and Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1987. cat. 6, pp. 162-163.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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