A Bronze Tripod Ding(Food Vessel)


Shang Dynasty
Height: 26cm

Raised on three columnar supports cast with cicada blades, the deep rounded sides cast in low relief between the legs with three taotie masks below a band of four pairs of bird-headed dragons, all reserved on a leiwen ground and centered on and separated by vertical flanges, with a pair of bail handles rising from the rim, the interior cast with a clan sign, with mottled greenish patina.