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Tripod Caldron (Ding)

A work made of gray earthenware with mold-impressed decoration.
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  • A work made of gray earthenware with mold-impressed decoration.

Date:

Western Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 9)

Artist:

China

About this artwork

Under the Han dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 220), dynastic stability and affluence broadened the clientele for burial goods from aristocratic families to officials and landowners. Clay replicas of costly vessels of bronze and lacquer met the wider demand for tomb furnishings by middle-income patrons. This caldron, modeled after a common bronze shape, is covered with a lid molded to depict a sinuous dragon—a design executed most naturally in lacquer painting.

Status

On View, Gallery 133

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Tripod Caldron (Ding)

Origin

China

Date

206 BCE–9 CE

Medium

Gray earthenware with mold-impressed decoration

Dimensions

H. 23.2 cm (9 1/8 in.); diam. 27.8 cm (10 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Potter Palmer

Reference Number

1937.790

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