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Fang ding (“square tripod” cooking vessel) with taotie mask and gui dragon design

Fang ding (“square tripod” cooking vessel) with taotie mask and gui dragon design
China, 12th century BCE
Bronze with malachite patine
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection, 1961/2.82


UMMA Collections

Asia: China

The Chinese painting collection at UMMA is justly renowned for its breadth and depth, with more than 200 works representing major artistic movements from the thirteenth century to modern times. Ming period painting in both the courtly and literati styles is a special strength, with works by such luminaries as Wu Wei, Zhou Chen, Wen Zhengming, and Sheng Maoye, to name only a few. There are nearly 400 examples of Chinese ceramics in the Museum, ranging in date from the Neolithic period to the twentieth century, and particularly rich in pieces of the Han (second century BCE–second century CE) and Song (tenth to thirteenth century) periods. Other clusters of interest include bronze mirrors, Buddhist sculpture, calligraphy, rubbings (particularly of the famous second-century Wu Family Shrine), nineteenth-century textiles, and twentieth-century folk art.

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