This porcelain Gaiwan has blue peony flowers and butterflies painted on the body and lid. There are also calligraphy characters next to the butterfly. The words are wealth & prosperity when the flower blooms. The peony is the traditional floral symbol of China. Peonies were popular in the Sui and Tang dynasty imperial palaces, and were associated with wealth, good fortune and nobility. It is also known as the flower of riches and honour, and is used symbolically in Chinese art. In fact, the peony is sometimes known as the “queen of flowers.”
The gaiwan originated in the Ming Dynasty and became popular during the Ching Dynasty in China. This bowl is large enough to accommodate tea brewing, yet small enough to be held comfortably for drinking. The gaiwan, which means lidded bowl, consists of a saucer, cup, and lid. Each of the individual components serves a purpose:
- The saucer allows you to hold a cup of hot tea.
- The cup allows you to brew and drink tea.
- The lid allows you to push aside floating tea leaves on the surface of the cup for easy tea enjoyment.
Approximate Gaiwan Capacity: 4.25 fl oz (125ml)
Approximate Gaiwan Dimension: 2 1/4" ht, 3 1/2" dia
Approximate Plate Dimension: 3/4" ht, 3 1/2" dia