14 September 2009
A LARGE BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD FOOD VESSEL, DING
EARLY EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, EARLY SPRING AND AUTUMN PERIOD, 8TH CENTURY BC
Raised on three hollow legs splayed at the bottom and with core-filled V-shaped open backs, each surmounted by a taotie mask centered by a barbed flange flanked by zigzag lines, the lower portion of the broad shallow bowl with a pattern of eyes centering two whorling angular scrolling arms that terminate in dragon heads, with a more simplified version of the pattern in a narrow band above, with a pair of bail handles cast on the outer side with dragons rising from the everted rim, with grey-green patina and malachite green encrustation
11 15/16 in. (30.4 cm.) high
Warren E. Cox & Associates, New York, 1967.
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Hayashi Minao, Shunju Sengoku jidai seidoki no kenkyu (Inshu seidoki soran san), Tokyo, 1989, p. 2, no. 20.
J. So, Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, pp. 82-5, no. 1.
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