This fine bone china Gaiwan has a lotus leaf and lotus flower design. The lotus can be found frequently in Chinese art and literature. Its graceful lines are often reproduced in architectural designs as well. The lotus flower symbolizes enlightenment, purification and faithfulness in Asian culture. A red lotus symbolizes compassion and love.
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.