3 bulbous sections at bottom with 3 thin legs; 2 u-shaped handles; incised geometric designs on exterior bulbous sections

Li tripod food vessel, 13th century BCE

Unknown artist, expand_more

Bronzeexpand_more

Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  99.66.3

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This three-lobed vessel is cast in flat relief with three taotie masks comprising the chief decoration. While the motifs on the upper frieze, where space is more restricted, are simple stylized Ts, the masks on the legs are impressively complex. The pronounced bulging eyes are surrounded by coiled horns; its body and curled tail is shown in profile surrounded by spirals. The tripod is a good example of a Shang bronze ritual vessel whose basic shape evolved from Neolithic and early Bronze Age ceramics.

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Li tripod food vessel
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99.66.3
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3 bulbous sections at bottom with 3 thin legs; 2 u-shaped handles; incised geometric designs on exterior bulbous sections