Lot 5
  • 5

AN ARCHAIC BRONZE TRIPOD FOOD VESSEL, DING SHANG DYNASTY

Estimate
15,000 - 20,000 GBP
Sold
35,000 GBP
bidding is closed

Description

  • bronze and wood
  • 23cm., 9 1/8 in.
the deep rounded sides supported on three columnar legs, rising to a waisted neck and lipped rim set with two upright loop handles, the body cast with a frieze of three pairs of confronting bird-like dragons reserved on a leiwen ground and divided by shallow notched flanges, all above pendent cicada lappets, the bronze with light malachite and azurite encrustations, wood stand

Provenance

Collection of T.Y. King (by repute).
Collection of Dr Ernst Winkler, acquired in the 1940-1950s.

Catalogue Note

The present piece belongs to a small group of ding that are cast with a gently flaring neck; see another ding from this group, in the Arthur M. Sackler collection, sold three times in these rooms, in 1947, 1972, and most recently, 19th May 1984, lot 34, and illustrated in Robert W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. 1, Washington D.C., 1987, pl. 85, where it is suggested that the vertical flanges between the confronting birds originated from those found on fang yi vessels where they are used to depict the nose of the taotie mask (see p. 463).

 

Further ding of this type include one from the H. Okura collection, illustrated in Nihon Shûcho Shina Kodô Seikwa [Selected relics of ancient China. Bronzes from collections in Japan], vol. 3, Osaka, 1959, pl. 178; one sold at Christie’s London, 9th June 1997, lot 13; and a slightly smaller example, sold in our New York rooms, 11th September 2012, lot 150.

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