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A BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD VESSEL, LIDING
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. LEO S. BING
A BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD VESSEL, LIDING

SHANG DYNASTY, 11TH CENTURY BC

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A BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD VESSEL, LIDING
SHANG DYNASTY, 11TH CENTURY BC
The tri-lobed body cast in relief with three taotie masks flanked by descending dragons reserved on a band of leiwen and positioned above each of the slender tapering legs, all below a narrow band of scrolls and a slightly inward-canted rim set with a pair of upright handles, the interior wall cast with a yaxing, with blackish-grey patina and some light encrustation
8½in. (21.6 cm.) high
Exhibited
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Ancient Ritual Bronzes of China, 3 February-25 April 1976, no. 16.

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The graph, yaxing, is a graph shaped like the character ya.
This ding is quite similar to the example illustrated by R. W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1987, pp. 486-87, and to several other excavated examples illustrated pp. 488-489, figs. 93.2-93.7.
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