Jia or tripod wine vessel in bronze. Made in China, Yin Zhou, possibly.
h: 9 3/4 in; diam at mouth: 6 1/8 in
T.Y. King, dealer; purchased by Bluett & Sons, June 1950, £135; from whom purchased by Sir William Burrell, 18 July 1950, £260; by whom gifted to the Corporation of the City of Glasgow, 1950.
Bluett & Sons, Sales Day Book 20/175, 13 June 1950, stock no.1315: ‘Bronze wine vessel, chia, with three feet, dragon handle and two lugs. Fine water patination. Repaired. Height 9 ½. Bought: T.Y. King, June 1950, £135’.
Sir William Burrell, Purchase Book 1950(1), p.54: ‘Early Chinese bronze wine vessel "Chia". One of the very rare forms of wine vessel, only 31 examples being noted in ancient Chinese records. Type dates from early part of Chou Dynasty (c.1122 BC). May be classified as Yin-Chou. It is not later that 10th-9th century BC. 9 1/2" high’.