This hand-painted White Porcelain Gaiwan set is a true piece of artistry, embodying the grace and tradition of Qinghuaci, the renowned blue and white porcelain. Adorned with the "Four Symbols"—the Azure Dragon, White Tiger, Vermilion Bird, and Black Tortoise—each motif is rich in symbolism, representing the four directions and elements of nature, a theme that resonates deeply within Chinese cosmology.
The Gaiwan itself is the centerpiece for steeping tea, its design enabling precise control over the infusion process. The accompanying pitcher, or "Cha Hai" (tea sea), also known as "Gong Dao Bei," serves to ensure the even distribution of tea strength before serving. Together with the cups, this set forms the essential toolkit for the Chinese Gongfu tea ceremony.
Each element of this set, from the Gaiwan to the pitcher and cups, is not just a utilitarian object but a conduit of cultural heritage. The hand-painted designs bring an individual uniqueness to each piece, making the set as much a collector's item as it is a functional ensemble for tea preparation.
This set is perfect for those who wish to engage with tea not just as a beverage but as a medium of cultural expression and personal reflection. It is an ideal gift for a tea enthusiast or a significant addition to one's collection of tea wares, promising to elevate the Gongfu tea experience to a realm of artistic appreciation and contemplative enjoyment.