Lot 4: Bronze Vessel DING with Cover, Late Zhou-Dynasty

Auctionata Paddle8 AG

October 22, 2016, 2:00 PM CET
Berlin, Germany
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Description: Bronze
China, presumably late Zhou dynasty (c. 6th/5th century BC)
Bulbous vessel on three fine cabriole legs
The exterior is decorated with bands of scroll elements and two opposing u-shaped handles
Slightly domed cover with stylized ring finials
The surface with a blackish green lacquer patina and partly earth colored encrustations
Total height: c. 16 cm
Condition consistent with age

Cf. two similar vessels DING with cover in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (accession no. 13.100.6a, b; 1988.20.6a, b).

Condition:
The vessel DING is in good condition with wear consistent with age. Very small holes in the base and slight loss of material at the edge of the cover is visible. The total height measures c. 16 cm.

DING
DING describes the shape of a Chinese vessel with three legs. The oldest vessels of this type date back to the Shang Dynasty. Even rarer are rectangular DING vessels with four legs, called FANGDING (方鼎). Originally DING were ritual vessels symbolizing the social status of its owner. In addition, they were used for offerings and the preparation of meat dishes. The building of the Shanghai Museum has the shape of a DING, for its design was inspired by the important vessel Da Ke Ding, which is now exhibited in the museum.

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