Tripod (ding)


Historical period(s)
Middle or late Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 12th-11th century BCE
H x W: 35.6 x 28.5 cm (14 x 11 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel

Ritual vessel

Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), casting, China, cicada, mask, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era provenance

From 1941 to 1946
C.T. Loo & Company, New York, from April 1941 [1]

From 1946
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C.T. Loo & Company on October 31, 1946 [2]


[1] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 87095: "Bronze tripod CHOU / Large vessel Ting with two upright handles and on three straight legs. Decorated under the rim by a band of t'ao tieh mask on a spiral ground. On the body a band of triangles with cicadas in relief. Legs ornated with stylized cicadas. Green patina. Inscribed. Shang," Frank Caro Archive, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, copy in object file. The object was offered to two American collectors, first to "Mr. Booth" and then to Alfred F. Pillsbury in 1941, but was subsequently returned to Loo. In 1943 the vessel was brought to the Freer Gallery and was returned to Loo after two months. On January 30, 1945, the vessel was sent again to the Freer Gallery.

[2] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated October 31, 1946, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s)

C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950

Published References
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Mr. R.J. Gettens, James Cahill, Noel Barnard. The Freer Chinese Bronzes. Oriental Studies Series, vol. 1, no. 7 Washington. cat. 30, p. 171.
  • Chen Mengjia. Yin Zhou qing tong qi fen lei tu lu (Yin-Chou ch'ing t'ung ch'i fen lei t'u lu). 2 vols., Dongjing. A 14.
  • Chin wen tsung chi. Taipei. p. 199.
  • Shang Chou chin wen shi ch'eng. multi-vol., Taipei. cat. 0562.
  • Smithsonian Institution. Report of the Secretary, 1946-1947. Washington. p. 47, pl. 2.
  • Sueji Umehara. In-kyo (Yin hsu: Ancient Capital of the Shang Dynasty at An-yang). Tokyo. pl. 69.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum