This three legged vessel is an ancient Chinese cauldron form called a Ding. Dings were used as important ritual objects to make offerings and as symbol of authority. They were used throughout the Shang (c. 1600 - c. 1046 BC) and Zhou dynasties (c. 1046-256 BC).


  • Title: Bronze Tripod Vessel
  • Location: China, Asia
  • Type: Vessel
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • External Link: View this object record in the Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center
  • Medium: Bronze
  • USNM Catalog Number(s): A448076
  • Photo Credit: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Historic Period: Shang (Yin) Period (1523 B.C. To Ca. 1028)
  • Field: Archaeology
  • Accession Date: 1966-01-19

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