- Blue & White Ware Background
Our Plum Utility Gaiwan is made in the grand tradition of blue and white ware with a very fine and thin glaze.
The 180ml capacity gives these gaiwans a lot more flexibility in usage, especially when you need ease of handling with a better size. The proportion, wide opening and smartly shaped lid and lid button are all designed to suit gongfu tea ergonomics.
This is a semi-handmade item. Slight variations in color, pattern, shape and details from the particular one used in these pictures should be expected. Slight irregularities in shape, size, finishing smoothness and detail styling is not uncommon.
As the first flower to bloom each year, the plum blossom stands for renewal and is emblematic of perseverance and purity. Its appearance while the weather is still cold makes it the flower of winter while spring belongs to the peony, summer to the lotus and autumn to the chrysanthemum. The five petals of the plum blossom are auspicious since the number five is sacred in China.
Approximate Capacity: 6 fl oz (180ml)
Approximate Bowl Dimension: 1 7/8" ht, 3 7/8" dia
Approximate Plate Dimension: 3/4" ht, 4 3/8" dia
Blue and white Ware was produced in China as early as the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) but it was not until the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368) that it reached perfection. In the early 14th century, mass-production of fine, transparent, blue and white porcelain started at Jingdezhen, sometimes called the “porcelain capital of China." Blue and white ware became increasingly important in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties as its popularity spread through the international trade markets.
Symbolic meanings form an intrinsic part of Chinese culture and are readily understood by Chinese people. The lotus flower is a symbol of purity because it rises out of the mud to bloom. It is the flower of the sixth month and summer. Lotus blossoms are often depicted as a throne for the Buddha, and the lotus is one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism.