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Large ding Patterned with Folded Dragons
  Spring and Autumn Period (770-476B.C.)


This ding said to have been excavated in the tomb of Marquis Ling of the Xu state in the late Spring and Autumn Period in Ye County, Pingdingshan, Henan Province was one of the set of seven lie ding wares buried with the deceased. Imposing and magnificent, this ding bears a full height of 63cm and a full width of 79cm. On its outside wall, the vessel is inlaid with six strange monster shaped handles, and the monsters are holding up their big ears and rolling up their big tails. The ding is adorned with a fine neat pattern of interlaced dragons around its rim, drooping petals all around in its belly, and a design of interlaced dragons inside its body. Different from the other large ding vessels with relatively simple workmanship and decoration discovered to date, this large ding bears a most exquisite adornment overall, with a comprehensive decorative pattern and an animal-faced design in its bottom. As a ritual vessel used by the marquis of a certain state in the Spring and Autumn Period, it is both the bronze ritual vessel of the highest level ever known in the Spring and Autumn Period, and the most gigantic and exquisite bronze ding of that period discovered to date. It serves to be a masterpiece of bronze art in Spring and Autumn Period.

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