A Neolithic Ceramic Vessel and a later bronze for contrast.
Clay before Bronze. There's a constant interaction over the centuries back and forth between clay and metal with Tang dynasty wine ewers influencing the shapes of the first teapots later! Then in the Qing elaborate forms from archaic bronzes inspiring shapes rendered in clay and glaze.
Simple but elegant Neolithic Clay vessels such as this one are the ancestors of later ceramic and bronze tripods with ornate surface decorations.
This bronze ding is Shang dynasty.
Though this shape is probably also ancestral of the gui shape too!
Next post some more examples of ding over the ages.