The clan sign cast on the interior depicts a hand grasping a bird.
The ding was one of the vessels required to perform the ritual food and wine offerings to the ancestors.
The robust shape and cast decoration of this ding are very similar to that of a ding excavated at Anyang prefecture, Henan province, now in the Harvard University Art Museums, illustrated in Zhongguo Qingtong Quanji - Shang, vol. 2, no. 2, Beijing, 1997, p. 37, no. 37. Another similar example in the collection of Axel Jonsson was illustrated by B. Karlgren, "New Studies on Chinese Bronzes", B.M.F.E.A., No. 9, Stockholm, 1937, pl. III, no. 76.