Food Vessel (Gui) (Translation)
西周 牛首乳釘紋铜簋 (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

11th-9th century BC
Overall: 10 3/4 × 20 1/2 × 13 in. (27.31 × 52.07 × 33.02 cm)
Endowed with two ox-head handles, this bronze has on its interior bottom a sixty-four-character inscription (a rubbing of which is pictured at right) that documents the royal appointment of an official named Jing and the ensuing gifts from the king. Among the gifts are a court garment, horse bells, and a banner. This vessel was commissioned by Jing in memory of the event. Cast in the seal style, the inscription reads vertically from right to left. Ancient Chinese thought the bronze was durable enough for the inscription to be perpetually preserved.
Western Zhou dynasty (1046-771 BC)
64 characters are incised in interior bottom of vessel.
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
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