Sunburst Yixing Teapot Set

 In the Song dynasty Yixing zisha (purple clay) teapots were very simple, not at all ornate. As the centuries progressed they became more and more elaborate, decorative and elegant. As a matter of fact, the Forbidden City did not accept the Zisha teapot into its collection until the early Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911 A.D.) By that time the Zisha teapot had been elevated to an artistic form, and potters and scholars worked together to make beautiful, ornate  pot styles. This sunburst motif is a classic example of this artistic form.

Zisha purple clay of which the Yixing teapots are made, is very porous.  Over time the pot will absorb the flavors and aromas of the tea that is brewed in it. For this reason it is best to brew only one kind of tea in a particular pot.  As such households will have numerous Yixing teapots--one for each kind of tea. They say that after many years it's not even necessary to add tea to the pot, just hot water. Many elderly Chinese even use their Yixing teapots as drinking vessels, drinking straight from the spout.

This beautiful handmade Yixing teapot set is comprised of the teapot, two cups and a stainless steel mesh infuser.

Approximate capacity: 18 fl oz