Used to contain ritual wine.
The jar consists of 3 parts: the upper part is in funnel shape, casted with cloud and fire patterns, the middle is a cylinder slightly bulged in the middle, casted with “Taotie” patterns, the lower part is a cylinder, casted with three pairs of dragon-transforming fish. The inscription in the mouth is:
Made by the Emperor
Long ago, Tai Wu Emperor of Shang ruled the country for a long time, lived until 105 years old. He ruled the country in peace with a kind heart and admired talented people, so his reign was so successful.
Minh Mang, Ky Hoi Year
Adapting the Zu Mao jar of Shang Dynasty.