Signature: Signed and dated: "Made by Su Yi in the third year of the reign of Cheng Wang" (1115–1077 B.C.) in early writing on bottom of vessel, and reversed on inside lid.
Inscription: Translation by Professor W.A.C.H. Dobson, University of Toronto May 21, 1958:
In the King's fourth month, the first week, the Ding-hai day [I] Uncle Yü had this vessel made in honou of [my ancestor] the Lord of Xing, [on the occasion of] the removal of his ancestor's [tablets from the old shrine] and their installation in our family ['new? present shrines], so that we might continue our Charge both within and without. We must not dare to do the wrong thing. We must (?) perform the ? Ceremony to our accomplished (lit: "cultured") ancestors, and benefit them for ten thousand years.
May our sons and grandsons forever treasure [this vessel].