Rectangular Cauldron (Fangding)
- Shang dynasty (ca. 1600–1046 B.C.)
- 12th–11th century B.C.
- H. 9 in. (22.9 cm); W. 6 in. (15.2 cm); D. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Bequest of Addie W. Kahn, 1949
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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.