Gaiwan with Bamboo and Flower MotifAsianArtMuseumStore
The tea vessels known as gaiwan were developed during the Ming Dynasty. Comprising three parts — saucer, cup, and lid — the gaiwan is a versatile option that brews white and green teas exceptionally well, but also can be used successfully with oolong or black teas. After steeping, the tea can be sipped directly from the gaiwan while using the lid to block the leaves from escaping or can be poured into another cup.
The decorative scheme of this set includes a bamboo design symbolizing virtue, along with the chrysanthemum, orchid and plum — known as the “four gentlemen” symbols of Chinese traditional values.
- Glazed ceramic
- Set includes teacup, saucer and lid
- 3 ¾ inches high, 4 inches in diameter