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Tripod Caldron (Ding)

A work made of gray earthenware with mold-impressed decoration.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gray earthenware with mold-impressed decoration.


Western Han dynasty, 206 BCE–9 CE



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During the Han dynasty, economic stability and growth allowed officials and landowners to afford burial goods like aristocratic families could. Clay replicas of costly bronze and lacquer vessels also met the wider demand from middle-income patrons for tomb furnishings. This cauldron, modeled after a common bronze shape, has a lid that depicts a sinuous dragon—a design commonly found on lacquerware.


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Arts of Asia


Tripod Caldron (Ding)


China (Artist's nationality:)

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206 BCE–9 CE


Gray earthenware with mold-impressed decoration


23.2 × 27.8 cm (9 1/8 × 10 15/16 in.); Diam.: 27.8 cm (10 15/16 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. Potter Palmer

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