The striking surface decoration has been accentuated through the deliberate use of carbon, a practice common to Shang bronzes. A related ding, but of slightly smaller size and with cicadas cast below the rim, excavated in 1970 from Xioaning tun, Anyang, Henan province, and now in the collection of the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, is illustrated in Zhongguo qingtongqi quanji, vol. 2, Beijing, 1997, pl. 26; and a larger version, and with blades cast onto the legs, in the Avery Brundage Collection, is included in Rene-Yvon Lefebvre-d’Argence, Ancient Chinese Bronzes in the Avery Brundage Collection, Berkeley, 1966, pl. IV (right).
Ding vessels decorated with this design were more commonly cast with circles in place of the raised bosses; see one in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, illustrated in Bernard Kalgren, ‘New Studies on Chinese Bronzes’, Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, no. 9, 1937, pl. XXXII, fig. 132; another from the collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, published in Christian Deydier, Les Bronzes Chinois, Fribourg, 1980, pl. 14, sold in our London rooms, 3rd December 1963, lot 171, and again in these rooms, 19th March 1997, lot 2; and a third also sold in these rooms, 19th September 2001, lot 8. See also two related vessels excavated in the late Shang tomb of Fu Hao, a consort of King Wu Ding (r.1324-1265 BC), published in Tomb of Lady Hao at Yinxu in Anyang, Beijing, 1980, pl. XI, figs 1 and 2; and another excavated in 1985 from a tomb site near Anyang, Henan province, published in Zongguo qingtongqi quanji, op. cit., pl. 23.
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