Here’s something that caught my eye while browsing the edu-manga ‹Sho› no Rekishi to Meisaku Tehon (★★★☆☆):
Of course, this is just scratching the surface of the rich world of Chinese bronzeware (of which I know next to nothing). What drew my attention is how many of those characters look pictographic; there’s even a few old favorites like the “cute robot” 鼎 or the Bomberman, 卣. Looking closely:
|Character||Sample old form||Drawing of vessel||Description||MC||SJ||Mandarin||Typical analysis|
|鼎||Sacrificial vessel (祭器), originally a cauldron for cooking and storing meat (食器) (wikipedia)||tengX||tei||dǐng||pictograph|
|卣||Covered pot for liquid offerings (wikipedia)||yuw||yuu||yǒu||pictograph|
|壺||Pear-shaped ritual wine vessel (wikipedia)||hu||ko||hú||pictograph|
|爵||Tripod goblet for warm wine (wikipedia)||tsjak||shaku||jué||pictograph (+ hand?)|
|斝||A cauldron for warming wine / holding libations (wikipedia)||kaeX||ka||jiǎ||pictograph|
|尊||Tall cylindrical wine cup (wikipedia)||tswon||son||zūn||hands offering cup|
|1. Large squat round pot. 2. Tall box-like container. 3. Generic name for sacrificial vessels. 4. Synonym of 尊 zūn above (wikipedia)||yij||i||yí||something involving hands, thread, rice, and a pig|
|角||A wine cup similar to a 爵 jué (wikipedia)||kaeX||kaku||jué (not jiǎo)||pictograph of horn (borrowed character?)|
|觚||Tall wine cup with no handles (wikipedia)||ku||ko||gū||pictograph of horn + shape indicator?|
|盤||Round curved dish for food (wikipedia)||ban||ban||pán||pictograph of bowl (bottom) + phonetic element|
|𣪘||(-)||??? (perhaps the same as 簋 guǐ?)||kwijX||ki||guǐ||???|
MC is Middle Chinese reconstruction as per Baxter-Sagart (using their notation); SJ is the Sino-Japanese (on-yomi). Click the character for a Kanjigen link, from which you can browse more analyses. The sample old form (seal, bronze, or oracle-bone) is from Sear; click it for a direct link to his site, which lists lots more.
The last character seems rare, and the high-plane Unicode encoding apparently confuses both Sear’s and my own Kanjigen tool.