The inscription includes a clan sign followed by the characters zuo Fu Yi (made [for] Father Yi).
This jue is very unusual in showing four distinct dragons with impressive curved horns rather than the more customary stylized taotie design, and in having narrow scale borders around the primary decorative band. Similar dragons can be seen on two jue of different form excavated from tombs at Xiaodun, Anyang, illustrated in Zhongguo qingtongqi guanji, vol. 3, Beijing, 1997, pls. 4 and 5, where examples of the more common type can also be seen, pls. 19-27. Compare, also, an early Western Zhou jue with similar scale borders, but with the spout and neck undecorated, from Chuyucun, Zhouzhi county, Shaanxi province, illustrated in Shaanxi chutu Shang Zhou qingtongqi, vol. 4, Beijing, 1984, pl. 164.