The large vessel includes a cover, long neck, wide body, and feet. The cover is designed as two layers of blooming lotus petals. A crane stands atop the cover at the center. On each side of the neck, a dragon-shaped creature serves as a handle. The vessel's four sides are decorated with coiled dragons. A flying dragon clings to each corner of the body. Two tigers serve as the feet of the vessel. They have coiling legs, turning heads, and protruding tongues. The elegant embellishments reveal an innovative design.
During the Spring and Autumn period, bronze-casting arts developed at a rapid pace, and methods like lost-wax casting were invented. The achievements of bronze casting skills also included the development of traditional techniques like sub-casting, which was used to fashion this piece's crane, dragon-shaped handles, and main body. This vessel was unearthed in 1923 in Xinzheng, Henan Province, and was praised by Mr. Guo Moruo as a quintessential work of the Spring and Autumn period.