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This is a mug I was given by Wang Dajun at the Center for Nature and Society at Peking University.
I still treasure it even though I no longer use it. A plasticy film on the lip, you see, has started to peel away. If you look closely too, you’ll notice that the black dye has started to run. I guess it wasn’t dishwasher-proof.
Turning the mug around there are similar stylized depictions of other species studied by this research group: the white-headed langur, Prezwalski’s gazelle, the snow leopard and kiang.