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Ritual food vessel, or ding, with taotie mask pattern

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ding, taotie

  • ding

    A Chinese bronze tripod ritual cooking vessel. Also a type of white porcelain from Northern China.

  • taotie

    Stylized monster mask decoration with prominent eyes and scrolling horns. The motif has been known since the 1100s. Its significance remains mysterious.


    • Ground floor | Room 10 | China to 800

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The piece has a hemispherical bowl with an everted angular rim with two arched handles, and is raised on three flat, curved, blade-shaped legs. The bowl is decorated with a band of taotie design with three masks centred on and separated by raised flanges, each rendered in low relief with eyes, ears and fangs and the body stylized into scrollwork with a claw identifiable, all on a scrollwork (leiwen) ground. The bronze is thickly encrusted with green patina. A clan sign depicting a halberd enclosed in a cross-shaped surround in the form of the character ya is cast below the rim inside.

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