• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 296

    A RARE BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD FOOD VESSEL, DING

    SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH CENTURY BC

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    A RARE BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD FOOD VESSEL, DING
    SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH CENTURY BC
    The shallow rounded bowl raised on three tall, flat supports cast on the sides in intaglio with dragons ascending from the outward-curved feet, the sides encircled by a band of flat-cast cicadas with prominent proboscises above pendent blades, the decoration with black inlay, with a pair of bail handles rising from the narrow, flat rim, the interior wall cast with an inscription, with mottled patina and malachite encrustation
    8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm.) high, Japanese wood box


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    The inscription may be read as the clan name Ya Chou.

    Provenance

    Acquired in Japan prior to World War II.