A long inscription is cast on the inner base of this bronze pan. It describes how GuojiZibai led an army to battle against the Xian Yun nation, decapitated 500 enemies and captured 50 foes.In recognition of his feats, King Xuan of Zhou invited GuojiZibai to dinner and bestowed upon him horses, bows and arrows, and yue (an ancient weapon) as a reward. The inscription on this plate is a beautiful verse, and the content of the text can be mutually confirmed with the historical facts recorded in “Cai Wei,” “Chu Che,” “Liu Yue,” “Cai Qi” and other chapters of the “Book of Poetry.” This piece has extremely high historical value.
“Guo Ji Zi Bai” Bronze Pan (water container)
Western Zhou Dynasty (c. 11th century-771 BC), King Xuan’s Reign
L. 137.2 cm, W. 86.5 cm, H. 39.5 cm, Wt. 215.3 kg