Signature: Cast in the interior of the vessel are two characters " " ya yi (?). Such an inscription on Shang bronzes usually refers to the name, clan or title of the ancestor in whose honor the sacrificial vessel is cast. (From purchase report)
[ Eskenazi Ltd. , London, until 2001; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Graceful Gestures: A Decade of Collecting Japanese Art," September 29, 2001–March 10, 2002.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.