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27 janvier 2020

An archaic bronze ritual tripod food vessel (ding), Late Shang Dynasty, 13th - 11th century BC

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ceremonial & ritual items ||| sotheby's n08872lot6gllzen

ceremonial & ritual items ||| sotheby's n08872lot6gllzen

ceremonial & ritual items ||| sotheby's n08872lot6gllzen

ceremonial & ritual items ||| sotheby's n08872lot6gllzen

ceremonial & ritual items ||| sotheby's n08872lot6gllzen

Lot 150. An archaic bronze ritual tripod food vessel (ding), Late Shang Dynasty, 13th - 11th century BC. Height 7 1/4 in., 18.2 cmEstimate 50,000 — 70,000 USDLot sold 206,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's

of deep rounded form with a slight S-form profile, the swollen lower section flat cast with pendent triangles enclosing cicada surmounted by a frieze of three pairs of confronting bird-like dragons with raised circular eyes divided by shallow notched flanges on a leiwen ground, a pair of upright U-form handles to each side of the everted rim, all supported on three tall columnar legs, a two-character inscription, Zu Ji (ancestor Ji)  on the interior wall, Japanese wood box (2).

Provenance: Japanese Collection formed before World War II.

Note: A ding with a similarly distinctive curved profile and related decoration is illustrated in Robert W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Washington D.C., 1987, pp. 462-463, no. 85. Another with pendent triangles and a frieze of confronting dragons but without the delicate S-curve from the collection of Sir Peter Moores was sold in our London rooms, 9th November 2011, lot 376.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 11 september 2012

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