High drama and striking color make this an incredible Dragon Kiln firing from Lin Xi. Deep black seems even darker against radiating green and pink, a line of contrast like an event horizon around the pool at the center. Only one out of every ten "cai shao" wood fired Dragon Kiln cups typically survives the firing process and each piece is a unique fortuitous chance occurrence. The heat, geometry and placement in the kiln and the specific wood used in firing yielded this spectacular pattern. This cup is impressed with Master Lin Xi’s seal on the foot and comes in a gift box with Lin Xi’s signed collectors certificate.