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Front Cover: Cover photographs: “Tomb figurine of a storyteller,” Eastern Han (25–220), clay figurine, 55 cm tall, excavated in 1957 from tomb No. 3, Tianhuishan, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. Courtesy of National Museum of China. Cover background: Guangyun 廣韻 (Extended Dictionary of Rhymes), juan 1, compiled by Chen Pengnian 陳彭年 (961–1017) of the Song Dynasty (960–1279), reprinted by Zhang Shijun 張士俊 (fl. 1704) in 1704 in the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911). Source: Reprint of Zhang Shijun’s edition, Song ben Guangyun (The Extended Dictionary of Rhymes of the Song Dynasty), Beijing: Zhongguo shudian, 1997, volume 1, page 1.