通高57.6厘米 口长35.8厘米 宽22.8厘米
Western Zhou dynasty(1046-771 BC)
Height overall 57.6 cm, Length of rim 35.8 cm, Width 22.8 cm
This rectangular ding has four legs and a pair of handles cast onto the edge of its rim, with a pair of beasts in relief carving on the handles.
The four sides of the body are decorated with plantain leaf patterns and taotie designs, with flanges on the four corner. The decoration on the legs is most notable;they feature flanges on their upper sections and rings around their midsection: astonishing decoration as this is not found on any other Shang or Zhou dynasty bronze ware. Based on the vessel’s shape and decoration it is assumed to have been cast during the early Western Zhou period. The character’s “Da Bao ding” are cast into the body of the ding. Da Bao refers to an official title established in the Western Zhou: Taibao. The Taibao was an important official who protected the monarch and assisted him with governing the state. Textual research indicates that this Taibao ding was cast by the important minister Duke Shi, during the reign of King Cheng of the Western Zhou.
It is believed that this ding was excavated at Liangshan in Shouzhang County, Shandong Province, at some point during the Daoguang and Xianfeng periods of the Qing dynasty. It was discovered as part of the famous seven vessels of Liangshan, which also included a dun(cooking vessel), a yan(cooking vessel),a yi(wine vessel) and etc. This ding was previously art of the collections of Li Zongdai, Ding Linnian and Xu Shichang. It is renowned both within China and internationally and was named a national treasure on account of its exceptional historical and artistic value.