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Three-legged Ritual Cooking Vessel (Ding)

Creation date: 12th century BCE-11th century BCE
Creation place: China

Other Information

Type: Bronze Ding
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by The Asiatic Arts Committee of the Fine Arts Society, 1969.
Accession Number: 1969.63
Dimensions: 10 3/32 in. x 8 1/2 in. x 8 3/8 in. (25.64 cm x 21.59 cm x 21.27 cm)
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Eric R. Bass, La Jolla, California ( - 1969)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1969 - )

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This deep-bowled cooking vessel cast in bronze was originally made for a set used for preparing and serving food in rituals that honored one's ancestors. In early China, the transfer of authority in clans was guaranteed by ancestors, who, even after death, continued to require attention and propitiation. A ding vessel, such as this example, would have contained meat from sacrificial animals and been placed over a fire. An inscription, written in the ancient seal script, on the interior of the bowl reads: “In memory of Father Gui of the Yang clan.”
Last Updated: 3/19/2012


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art of East Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2013 - 8/1/2013


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Ms. Yu Sung. Selections from the Chinese Collection San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1999
Page Number: 80, Figure Number: 80

Dr. Caron Smith. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 31, Figure Number: 31

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