International relations between China and the outside world already date back to the 7th century Tang Dynasty. An inevitable effect of such international interactions was cultural diffusion. Here is a great example for such multi-cultural influences. Its general shape resembles an Amphora (from the West), while the handle takes the form of a dragon, a motif commonly found in China. Made of stoneware, this is a ceramic piece with a yellowish glaze, the result of high firing technique (above 1200˚ centigrade). It is exceptionally rare, since other, similar objects, are usually only found in fragments.