Ritual food vessel (ding)

Historical period(s)
Probably Anyang period, ca. 12th century BCE
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x Diam: 20.4 × 16.7 cm (8 1/16 × 6 9/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1959.15
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Ritual vessel: ding

Keywords
animal, Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), casting, China, inscription, WWII-era provenance
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]

Notes:

[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.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company 1914-1948

Published References
  • Shang Chou chin wen shi ch'eng. Multi-volume, Taipei. cat. 0699.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 10.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Rutherford John Gettens, James Cahill, Noel Barnard. The Freer Chinese Bronzes. Oriental Studies Series, vol. 1, no. 7 Washington. cat. 29, p. 165.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
SI Usage Statement

Usage Conditions Apply

There are restrictions for re-using this image. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page.

The information presented on this website may be revised and updated at any time as ongoing research progresses or as otherwise warranted. Pending any such revisions and updates, information on this site may be incomplete or inaccurate or may contain typographical errors. Neither the Smithsonian nor its regents, officers, employees, or agents make any representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the information on the site. Use this site and the information provided on it subject to your own judgment. The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery welcome information that would augment or clarify the ownership history of objects in their collections.