Art: Wine on the Wing

In the reign of Yü in China, so the legend goes, a man named I Ti found out how to make wine. The discovery was ' important enough to show the Emperor's daughter; with small cries of delight, she took it straight to the throne of her father Yü. The Emperor sipped, narrowed his eyes, and poured the wine on the ground saying, "The day will come when this thing will cost someone a kingdom."

Long after Yü, but at the dawn of Chinese history, the Shangs sat on the throne of China (1766-1122 B.C.). They offered wine to their ancestral...

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