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Volume 3 – Number 5

May 1972

T'ang Pottery
Secret Societies
Genji and Company
Moronobu's Art

Cover. The bird's head ewer is a common, if striking, T'ang dynasty ceramic design imported from Western Asia. To the T'ang potter, the Sassanian ewer with hinged metal cap suggested a bird's head, and he soon made it into one. It is also possible that the ewer had a Mediterranean origin. The aperture at the top of the head served as the pouring spout. Photographed by Dinshaw Balsara, from a private collection in Hongkong.

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