|KEY WORD : art history / crafts|
| Also heiji. A type of wine vessel with
a long slim neck with narrow mouth and round bottom, or narrow mouth, round
waist and slim bottom. Ancient examples included Sue ware, sueki
須恵器, called hei, and Persian type, bird-headed vessels imported from
Tang dynasty China to Nara period Japan, made of gilt bronze, wood or pewter.
In the Kamakura and Muromachi periods, red or black lacquered wood heishi
with lacquer painting were made frequently. Often a pair of heishi
were dedicated on altars.
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