Thursday, 11 April 2013

Ding Sequence Three

The elite of the Shang Dynasty revered objects of bronze and jade suggesting gold was relatively scarce  though it may be that gold was easier to melt down and recycle or traded for jade and tin and other minerals?

Whether decorated or not the shape of the ding stayed very consistent down thru the centuries

Here are two later examples

A Dehau Ming period copy of archaic forms in porcelain

this is a late qing copy of a fang ding the subject of the next blog