Li with Beast Mask Design


Cooking tripod, Mid Shang Dynasty
Mouth diameter: 14.6cm
Height: 19.2cm
Weight: 1,060g

The vessel has a broad and open mouth with a thick lip and loop ears standing on the edge of the mouth. It has a long neck, a deep-pouched belly and cone-shaped hollow feet.

The neck is decorated with a T-horned beast mask together with an interlinking-bead design upside and downside. The belly is decorated with a curling-horned beast mask with bulging eyes, which takes on a highly symbolic look that is both crude and bold. The wall of the vessel is thin and even. It is the most intricate mid Shang Dynasty bronzeware ever discovered.