Western Zhou bronze tripod ritual food vessel
30 August 2022

See above. Very ornate. In great condition. Current research suggests 1100 BC. Interesting symbol cut in top of lid that seems to say “longevity”.


8” tall. 10” wide.



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By David U.
Aug 31, 23:09 UTC
Fair Market Value
$1,000 - $2,000 USD
Insurance Value $0 USD
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Dear Brian,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry and for your patience.

Considering these images, this item is:

A rare Chinese archaic bronze tripod ritual food vessel, Ding, early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th or 12th century B.C., cast in relief with taotie masks and leiwen, bas-relief cast four character pictographic mark to the interior, olive-brown patina with patches of malachite, azurite and cuprite encrustation.
The Shang and Zhou eras traditionally comprise the Bronze Age of China, when bronze was used to make weapons, as well as ritual vessels, and played a significant role in the material culture of the time.

Good condition. These type of objects are not rare at international auctions, varying prices.

Brian boose Sep 01, 02:47 UTC

Hi David. We weighed it. It is 3,132 grams. On an old US scale it was about dead in 7 pounds. It is 10.5 inches across including the handles. It is 8.25 inches tall, with lid. The lid is 2.75 inches high. The bowl is 3 inches deep. The circumference of the bowl is about 22 inches at the largest part. The circumference of the lid is about 20.25 inches at the base. The circumference of the neck at the top is about 8.5 inches. All measurements are approximate. I hope these data help.

Brian boose Sep 01, 22:46 UTC

Hi David. Any update? Thank you.

Brian boose Sep 06, 19:29 UTC

Any update??

Brian boose Sep 09, 19:23 UTC

Hi David and thank you. Could you translate the inscription on the bottom? Also, $1,000 to $2,000 seems very low for a 3,000 year old piece. Is that accurate? Thank you.

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