vessels of this type emerged as one of the major ritual receptacles in the Late Shang dynasty and remained prominent until the Middle Western Zhou dynasty. However, a you
vessel with a band of twelve kui
dragons such as the present piece is rare. One closely related example but with a different style handle, was included by Wu Zhenfeng, Shangzhou qingtongqi mingwen ji tuxiang jicheng
(Compendium of Inscriptions and Images of Bronzes from the Shang and Zhou Dynasties), 2012, vol. 23, p. 106. This you
vessel is notable for its twisted rope-like handle. The casting technique of this type of handle has attracted substantial attention from academic circles. One group of scholars argues that the twisted rope-like handle was manufactured by the "burning off technique", a technique that creates molds by burning off actual ropes covered with layers of clay.
The box for this lot is inscribed with two notes: one written by Zoroku, dated 1924; the other written by Professor Matsumaru Michio, dated 2003.