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Dancing aerial acrobatics, demonstrations of intelligence, and ability to provide food are key behaviors of courting. However, most Westerners feel that intelligence in crows is a pretty much diabolical thing.

Dish, China, Jiangxi Province; Ming period (1368-1644), mid- to late 15th century (probably Chenghua era, 1465 - 1487) The five-clawed dragon writhing against a sea of storming waves on the interior of this Chenghua-period (1465 - 1487) porcelain dish painted in underglaze cobalt blue has the same powerful, long, thin body and strong face and jaws that characterize earlier Xuande-era interpretations of this mythical creature.