Yí (彝) Inscribed with the Character 右

Accession No. R001077
Period Shang Dynasty
Material Bronze
Findspot Tomb No. 1022 Hsi-pei-kang, Yin-xu Site
Geographic Location Hou-Chia-Chuang village, Anyang, Honan province, China
Dimension H. 27.2 cm; W. 15.8 cm


The bronze ritual vessel with rectangular body and hipped roof-like cover called Fang-Yi. On each side the dominant decoration is an animal mask with squared spiral lei-wen ground; end narrow bands of k'uei dragons above and below. Serrated flanges at each corner and down the center of each side; the foot is notched on each side. Inside both vessel and cover is an inscription of 右.