The two-character inscription cast under the curved handle consists of the character zi (child) over the character tian (field).
Compare a similar jue said to be from Anyang, illustrated by R.W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Washington, DC and Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1987, p. 251, fig. 36.2. Closely related to the illustrated example is the treatment of the taotie mask elements. On both jue, the mask elements are left undecorated and are superimposed over the leiwen ground. Compare, also, another jue, dated to the 12th-11th century BC illustrated ibid., pp. 194-5, no. 18. A pair of related jue, with cast mask elements, from the Falk Collection, was sold in these rooms, 20 September 2001, lot 164.