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This vessel finds its origins in the time-honoured Chinese tea culture. Traditionally, tea drinking was linked with social status and education. At this, Chinese scholars often frequented tea houses to share freshly brewed leaves as a sign of respect towards their elders, to celebrate family gatherings or as a method of apology. The European discovery of tea caused a sensation and tea leaves became as important and lucrative a commodity as porcelain and fine silks.
It is of octagonal shape and decorated with a traditional Chinese dragon motif. Its smooth background has a beautiful pearly blue tint.
|Height||10.50 inch||(26.67 cm)|