http://en.cnwest.com   2008-03-27 16:39:50  

  As an important bronze vessel for ceremony, Ding was used to symbolize social status and power of the owner. In addition, it served as cooking and banquet utensils and sacrificial offerings to ancestors. Unearthed from Famen Temple, Fufeng County, Shanxi Province in 1890. Da ke Ding belonged to an elite called Ke in the late Western Zhou. Measured 93.1 cm high and 201.5 kg, this Ding is huge and heavy. Its mouth rim is decorated with animal mask motif and its belly with smooth wave-like patterns. 290 characters, neatly engraved on the inner wall, are typical representative of bronze inscriptions during the mid and late Western Zhou dynasty. The inscriptions told the story that the King granted elite Ke with a noble title and lots of land and slaves because of his forefathers' merits. This Ding has been regarded as an important object to study economic system during the Western Zhou dynasty.

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