Pouring vessel in the shape of a goose with a holow beak for a spout, a handle from the necka cross a hole in the back, and an inlaid fan tail. There is malachite on the feet and the inlays are both wire-work and sheet-work of gold and silver.
This ewer shaped like a goose displays an elaborate inlaying technique, in which gold and silver wires and gold and silver sheets were inserted into pre-chiselled depressions on the surface of the bronze. It is a Song dynasty copy of the flamboyant style of decoration that was at its height many centuries earlier in the late Zhou period. Inlaid bronzes were treasured by later collectors, since it was considered that they were a speciality of the perhaps mythical Xia dynasty (believed by the Chinese to be their earliest ruling dynasty, with traditional dates of 2205-1818 BC).