The pictograph includes two characters fu yi (Father Yi) above a clan sign consisting of two stylized figures.
Two similar, but slightly larger, fangding have been published. One with an eleven-character inscription is illustrated by Li Xueqin, The Glorious Traditions of Chinese Bronzes, Singapore, 2000, no. 5. The other with a twelve-character inscription in the collection of Philip Lilienthal, Jr., was included in the exhibition, Arts of the Chou Dynasty, Stanford University Museum, 21 February-28 March 1958, no. 25, pp. 16 and 34. Both of these vessels were found in Huixian, Henan province. See, also, the similar example of almost the same size from the collection of Fritz Low-Beer included in the Exhibition of Chinese Art, Venice, 1954, no. 55, and later sold in these rooms, 2 December 1985, lot 77.