Seller: artancientltd (9,403) 99.6%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 201443819049 An ancient Chinese Bronze wine vessel or zhi with inscription, dating to China's Late Shang Dynasty, circa 12th–11th Century BC. In Bronze Age China, ancestral worship was the dominant form of religion. Bronze vessels such as this Zhi, filled with food and wine, were set out in a form of communal banquet for the ancestors to come and share with their living descendants. Remarkably, the very name of the individual to whom this vessel was dedicated has been cast on the inner foot. Hidden for millennia, it emerges from the mists of the past as ‘Zu Ding’ (ancestor Ding). For the people who made it, this bronze vessel was religious, mysterious and carried significance in their everyday lives. Today, it is not only a beautiful object, proud and elegant in its form, it still carries that same sense of otherworldly mystique. Zu Ding ‘Ancestor Ding’ Height: 6 inches Length: Width: Condition: Provenance: From the collection of New Yorker Luz Papasian (1915–2013). ArtAncient, 2014. Glimpses. Object 12. Approximate region of origin: Authenticity Our parent company, ArtAncient Ltd. are members of the Antiquities Dealers Association, LAPADA, CINOA and the BNTA. We exhibit at major art fairs and have sold to museums and important collectors. All objects we sell are authentic as described. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. Our terms and conditions are available on request or can be found on our website. As legitimate sellers, we do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation.