This gaiwan charms with its animal motifs of roosters, hens, and chicks, and their fun, childlike style suggests a modern spin on classical imagery, produced by a contemporary artist; in fact, it is quite the opposite, for this is a reproduction of a Ming-Dynasty-era cup design, line-drawn chicks and all! Of an average size with a base of white porcelain, it works well for any type of gongfu cha, and is a playful way to bring a bit of history to the tea table.
To make a set of it, check out our Rooster Cup, inspired by the same historical vessel.
Why do I need a gaiwan?
The gaiwan is the most common tea vessel in China. It comprises three pieces: a thin-walled, handle-less cup, a saucer, and a lid. The cup is given a flared lip to hold it without burning one’s fingers.
According to custom, you should brew only the precise quantity of tea that you need to serve you and your guests. Several infusions follow; only freshly brewed tea is dispensed in the cups. This procedure guarantees best results.
Unlike Yixing teapots, the gaiwan does not retain odours. So you can brew different kinds of tea in the same gaiwan.
Usage: steep the leaves in the gaiwan and pour the brewed tea into a second pot for serving. Use a strainer if necessary. Repeat several times, refilling the gaiwan.
- MATERIAL: Porcelain
- CAPACITY: 190 ml
- WIDTH: 9.6 cm
- HEIGHT: 5.7 cm (cup only)