17 - 18 September 2015
A BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD FOOD VESSEL AND COVER, DING
LATE SPRING AND AUTUMN PERIOD, 5TH CENTURY BC
The vessel is raised on three tall, hollow legs cast on the rounded top with an inverted taotie mask between scroll bands, and is flat-cast around the hemispherical body with a band of interlocked dragon-scroll pattern interrupted by the pair of hollow, upright handles cast in openwork on the outside for the insertion of inlay. The domed cover has two similar dragon scroll bands and three upright rings that function as feet when the cover is inverted. A five-character inscription, mu  zuo bao yi ('mu  made [this] precious vessel') is cast in relief in a line below the rim on the interior. The bronze has a mottled grey and green patina.
10 1/8 in. 25.7 cm.) high
Gallery Rosen, Ancient Art, Tel Aviv, 1976.
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