The nine-character inscription may be translated, 'Zhuan made for Father Wu this precious sacral vessel', and a clan sign. The clan sign has been deciphered as consisting of a yaxing and the character li. The vessel and its inscription are recorded in a number of Chinese publications, cited by John C. Ferguson in Lidai zhulu jijin mu, Shanghai, 1939, p. 106; and by Sun Zhichu in Jiwen zhulu jianmu, Beijing, 1981, p. 254, no. 4392. These earlier publications associate the zun with the distinguished Qing dynasty collector-connoisseur Chen Jieqi (1813-1884).
This zun is very similar to two other published examples. One in the Museum Reitberg illustrated by H. Brinker in Bronzen aus dem alten China, Museum Reitberg, Zurich, 1975, pp. 85-6, no. 44, which also has an eight-character inscription illustrated p. 86. The other similar vessel is illustrated by Jung Keng, Yenching Journal of Chinese Studies, Monograph Series No. 17, The Bronzes of Shang and Chou, vol. II, 1941, p. 268, no. 500.