Bronze Jia


Jia is an important type of bronze ritual vessel. It has a very long history: a pottery Jia was unearthed at a Longshan Culture site that dates back to the Neolithic Age; a bronze Jia was found at an Erlitou Culture site of the Xia Dynasty; and it was very popular in the early and middle Shang Dynasty. Usually a Jia has a broad mouth and a tubular body which bears a slight resemblance to a Jue. With a handle, two pillars, three legs and four times the capacity of a Jue, Jia is rather big and could not be used for drinking but only for rituals.