Ritual food vessel (ding)

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 12th century BCE
  • Geography

  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 20.4 × 16.7 cm (8 1/16 × 6 9/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Provenance

    From at least 1953 to 1959
    C. T. Loo & Company, New York, from at least December 1, 1953 [1]
    From 1959
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on August 31, 1959 [2]
    [1] See C. T. Loo & Co.'s Approval Memorandum, dated December 1, 1953, where the object is listed under stock no. FC-332: "Bronze sacrificial vessel, TING, on three high straight legs, rounded body with upright lip, handles on rim. Decorated with diamond shaped field with bosses in high relief and a band of stylized birds on meander background. Inscribed. Shang. Green patina," copy in object file.
    A negative of the bronze's photograph is located in C. T. Loo & Frank Caro Archive, Musée Guimet, Paris, no. (15) cnmB 260-261; its envelope is inscribed with information that the bronze came from Anyang.
    [2] See C. T. Loo & Co.'s invoice, issued by Frank Caro, dated August 31, 1959.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Chinese Art (January 1, 1963 to March 6, 1981)
    Special Exhibition—Chinese Bronzes (November 1, 1961 to March 23, 1962)
    Chinese Bronze, Jade, Marble (March 1, 1957 to January 1, 1963)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    C.T. Loo & Company (1914-1948)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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