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Square Ding-vessel with Ju Clan Emblem
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The Kui-dragon motif is found under the rim, while the main animal mask motif occupies most of the space on the vessel. Cicada designs are found on the four legs. In the interior is the inscription "Ju Zu Xin Yu Ya".

History of the Object
A ding is an ancient Chinese vessel with legs, a lid and two handles opposite each other. They were made in two shapes with round vessels having three legs and rectangular ones four. Dings were originally made of ceramic materials then later, at the time of the Shang Dynasty cast in bronze. This is the period to which the oldest examples of dings date back. Inscriptions found on dings are used to study bronzeware script. They were used for cooking, storage and the preparation of ritual offerings to ancestors.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
Mouth Length 16 cm.; Width 14.2 cm. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 16th century ~ BCE 10th century 
Creation date
BCE; 16th Century BCE - 10th Century BCE; Shang (1600 BCE - 1046 BCE); Late Shang Period 
Function
Ritual object 
Acquisition
Unearthed from the Xiaotun site in Changqing County in 1957 and then transferred to the museum. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Shandong Museum 
Museum
Shandong Museum 
Credit line
 

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