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商 青銅方鼎
Rectangular Cauldron (Fangding)

Period:
Shang dynasty (ca. 1600–1046 B.C.)
Date:
12th–11th century B.C.
Culture:
China
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 9 in. (22.9 cm); W. 6 in. (15.2 cm); D. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Bequest of Addie W. Kahn, 1949
Accession Number:
49.135.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
The most common decorative motif on Shang and early Western Zhou ritual bronzes is a stylized animal “mask” (taotie) with bulging eyes and curved horns. These masks are typically composed of two confronted profiles of the same animal.
Inscription: (six-character inscription on inside wall of one of the long sides): Xiang Ce (emblem). Ban made (this sacrificial ding-vessel) for Father Yi
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