A rare bronze ritual food vessel (ding), mid-Shang dynasty, 17th century BC - 11th century BC, Zhongyuan district.
The deep rounded body supported on three straight columnar legs, cast with a single frieze of three masks, each centered with a pair of slit-eye bosses on a narrow vertical flange, the lipped rim set with a pair of upright handles. The vessel has a green patina with some bright green and red encrustation. This kind of decoration pattern has been found mainly in Zhongyuan district. The mask may represent primitive design of Taotie or just an abstraction of certain wild animal. You could find a couple of them in the literature [1,2,3], mainly museums' collection. It is the only one in the market that comes from a private collection.
Height: 8 in (20.3 cm) Diameter: 6 in (15.2 cm)
Condition: Good condition overall. One leg has old restoration. With original wooden box.
Provence: Private collection from New York.
 Shang Ritual Bronzes in the National Palace Museum Collection, 1998. P. 192-193. (image #4)
 中国青铜器全集 Chinese bronzes, edited by Tunsheng Zhang, 1995. Vol 2, plate No. 14. (image #5)
 Bronzes from Northern Shanxi, by Wei Cao, 2009. Vol 2, P. 13 - P. 21. (image #6)
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