An Archaic Bronze Tripod Lobed Ding(Food Vessel)

Late Shang Dynasty
Height: 21.5cm

Raised on three columnar legs cast with scroll-filled blades, the tri-lobed body flat-cast with three taotie masks centered on narrow flanges flanked by rounded eyes, below a band of cicadas arranged in confronting pairs on each side, all reserved on leiwen grounds, with a pair of upright loop handles rising from the rim and with a pictograph cast on the interior, with mottled pale grey-green and pale milky green patina.