Aug 31, 2012
Aug 31, 2012

Tripod (Ding)

Tripod (Ding)

c. 1250-1046 BC


Overall: 24.5 x 20 cm (9 5/8 x 7 7/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1962.281


Animal images in ritual bronzes served as symbolic messengers of the supernatural realms. Among others, the animal mask called taotie emerged as the most potent symbolic form. The formidable mask emanates a powerful presence with an unforgettable stare. It expresses an overwhelming feeling of mystery, representing a transcendent, supernatural concept in ancient ritual art.

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Chinese Art
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