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Ritual Food Vessel (Ding)

ca. 12th century b.c.e.

Bronze

9 7/8 × 8 1/2 × 8 in. (25.083 × 21.59 × 20.32 cm) base: 1 1/8 × 7 × 6 5/8 in. (2.858 × 17.78 × 16.828 cm)
Lent by H. Christopher Luce, B.A. 1972, in honor of Henry R. Luce, B.A. 1920
ILE2009.18.1
This elegant vessel is one of a small group inscribed with the character for ding, meaning pavilion, a possible reference to an unknown location for which these vessels were cast.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Shang dynasty (1600–1046 b.c.e.), Anyang phase (ca. 1300–1046 b.
Classification: 
Containers - Metals
Provenance: 

Collection of Henry R. Luce, B.A. 1920, gift of Chiang Kai-shek

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