Ya Qi Jue


Wine vessel, Late Shang Dynasty
Height: 20.1cm
Length: 16.8cm

Two high mushroom-shaped pillars stand on this Jue' s spout. There are ridges on both sides of the belly and a beast mask handle on one side, with three prism-shaped feet pouting. The vessel has a two-character inscription " Ya Qi " and thus has its name.

This Jue's spout and tail as well as parts under the mouth are embellished with plantain leaves. The belly has a sectioned beast mask. Major patterns consist of three layers: a thunder design in the background, subject patterns embossed beyond the background and a small thunder design interlacing the subject patterns.