This vessel is notable in that all of the ornamental decoration—except for the animal head handles—has been stripped away in favor of a bold design of horizontal fluting. The same twelve-character inscription is cast on the interiors of the vessel and its lid: “The Earl of San made this precious gui for Ji of Zhe. May it be perpetually used for tens and thousands of years.”
Inscription: The same twelve characters are cast on the floor of the vessel and on the inside of the lid: San bo zuo nie ji bao gui qi wan nian yong yong [The Earl of San made this precious gui for Ji of Nie. May it be perpetually used for myriad years].
Reportedly Fengxiang County, Shaanxi Province
Charlotte C. and John C. Weber , Ocala, FL and New York (until 1988; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.