The single character, "Guang", which resembles a kneeling man with a mountain range in place of a head, is a Shang dynasty clan name.
Similar ding are in the Malmö Museum, illustrated by B. Karlgren, "New Studies on Chinese Bronzes", BMFEA 9, 1937, pp. 1-117, pl. IV, no. 80; in the Museum Rietberg, illustrated by H. Brinker, Bronzes aus dem alten China, Museum Rietberg, 1975, pp. 28-9, no. 1; in the F. Brodie Lodge Collection, illustrated by W. Watson, Ancient Chinese Bronzes, pl. 12c, where the cicadas appear to be flat-cast; and in the Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Köln, illustrated in Meisterwerke aus China, Korea und Japan, 1977, p. 24, no. 9. Another is illustrated in Chinese Art from the Collection of H.M. King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, Asia House Gallery, New York, 1966, p. 22, pl. 2. See, also, the ding included in the exhibition, Jadequell und Wolkenmeer, 5000 Jahre chinesischer Kunst aus dem Museum von Shanghai, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, 1988, pp. 78-9, no. 18. Unlike the aforementioned vessels, the present ding has slightly more slender and undecorated legs, similar to those of a similar ding sold in these rooms, 22 March 2007, lot 239.