Ritual wine warmer (Jue)


Shang dynasty (ca. 1600–1046 BCE)

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A jue is used to serve warm wine during rituals. Its particular shape—flared, pointed, triangular legs; ovoid body; long curved spout counterbalanced with a pointed flange; and two columnar protrusions—makes jue one of the most easily identifiable ancient Chinese bronze and pottery vessel forms. In later periods, jue were still made for ritual use and Qing-dynasty (1644–1912); examples often have elongated legs.

Ritual wine warmer (Jue), Bronze, China

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