Tripod Flag

Tripod Flag

Ding is the representative of Chinese bronze culture. In ancient times, the tripod was regarded as an important tool for building a country and had the same rights as the flag. It was a symbol of the state and power.

Until now, the Chinese people still have a sense of worship of the tripod ceremony, and the word “tripod” has been given the extended meaning of “prominence”, “dignity” and “grandeur”.

The inscriptions on Sanzuding and other bronze wares recorded the historical facts of Shang and Zhou Dynasty, such as rules and regulations, encyclopedias, sacrifices and expeditions, and handed down the large seal flags of the Western Zhou Dynasty to later generations, thus forming the art of bronze inscriptions with high aesthetic value.

Three-legged tripod, therefore more valuable, has become a more important historical relic than other bronzes. Li Zehou, an esthetician, believes that Chinese bronze, with its unique tripod as the core representative, is the most aesthetic bronze art in the mature period of Chinese bronze art.

The tripod in the flag has three-legged round tripod and four-legged square tripod. The earliest tripod was pottery tripod made of clay, and later bronze tripod. As the representative of Chinese culture, bronze wares were born in the later dynasties. Especially from Tang and Song Dynasties to the end of Qing Dynasty, the three-legged incense burner evolved from the tripod was liked by people as well as the banner.

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