Ritual Vessel

Native NameDing (鼎)
Object Number:41-25-1A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: China
Period: Western Zhou Dynasty
Date Made: Early Western Zhou Dynasty
Early Date: -1046
Late Date: -771
Materials:Copper Alloy
Height: 29.2 cm
Outside Diameter:27 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1941
Other Number:LOO 86326 - Other Number
L-137-2 - Other Number


Ding (鼎), bronze food vessel with cover and three legs. The body is strongly decorated with three large bovine taotie masks separated by flanges. The cover handle and the two upright handles on the vessel are ornamented with wide-mouthed spiral horned animals in high relief. Greyish green patina. On the inside of the lid and on the bottom of the bowl there is an ox head.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Symbols of the Ancestors: The Power of Chinese Bronze and Jade (17 Nov 1989 - 01 Dec 1991) View Objects in Exhibition
New Directions in Yuan Painting (02 Dec 2006 - 04 Dec 2006) View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Bronze and Metal-Working (Rotunda Case Exhibit) ( Jan 1987 - Feb 1988) View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue, Collection] 1965. Guide to the Collections, The University Museum.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. pg. 1-167 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 154View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. 1940. "Exhibition of Archaic Chinese Bronzes". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 8. no. 2-3. pg. 5-11 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 5-11View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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