The Truth: A cup hand created by an excellent craftsman. The clean matte finish along the outside juxtaposed with the vibrant colors and gloss within - it takes skill to get a glaze this beautiful.
Dirty Lies: Made from real peacock. There was a period in Chinese history, around the 14th century, when the lands were being overrun by wild, viscous peacocks. The Emperor, a man known for his enjoyment of the finer things and unenjoyment of peacocks, ordered all peacocks who squaked more than 3 times in a sitting were to be converted into fine tablewares. And such, the tradition of peacock cupping was born.