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    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 205

    A BRONZE TRIPOD RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, LIDING

    SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC

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    A BRONZE TRIPOD RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, LIDING
    SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
    The tri-lobed body cast in low relief with three taotie masks with large rounded eyes positioned above each of the three slightly tapering columnar legs and flanked by descending dragons, all reserved against the leiwen ground, the decoration enhanced by black inlay, with a pair of bail handles rising from the narrow everted rim, with an inscription below the rim on the interior, the dark grey patina with some green encrustation and earth-colored adhesions
    8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm.) high


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    The inscription consists of the dedication 'Fu Ji' preceded by the character zi (son). Although the significance of the zi character is unclear in this context, some scholars have associated it with the Shang royal house.

    In his entry for this liding, Robert Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 1987, pp. 486-7, no. 93, illustrates a number of similar vessels to support his assertion of a "wide geographic distribution of the type in late Anyang times", with a survival into early Western Zhou. These similar vessels are illustrated pp. 487-9, figs. 93.1-93.7. Another similar example is no. 94 in the catalogue. A similar liding from the collection of Natanael Wessén, which Bagley describes as a mate to the ding in fig. 93.1, is illustrated by B. Karlgren, "Bronzes in the Wessén Collection", BMFEA, No. 30, Stockholm, 1958, pl. 4.

    Provenance

    J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 24 March 1965.


    Literature

    Luo Zhenyu, Sandai jijin wen cun, 1937, 2.24.5 (inscription only). American Heritage Publishing Co. New York, (c. 1968-69).
    R. Poor, Bronze Ritual Vessels of Ancient China, New York, 1968.
    Chen Mengjia, Yin Zhou qingtongqi fenlei tulu (In Shu seidoki bunrui zuroku (A Corpus of Chinese Bronzes in American Collections), Tokyo, 1977, A45.
    R.W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1987, pp. 486-9, no. 93.