This Yixing Lotus Seed Teapot is made in the classic lotus seed design. The lid has six lotus seeds that move. Size is 4¾ inches by 2 inches.
Yixing teapots are unglazed teapots made from zisha (zi = purple and sha = sand) clay. This clay is found in the city of Yixing in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu. These teapots date back to the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644) when loose tea leaves were brewed. Purple tinged clay was discovered during the Song Dynasty (960–1279). Yixing teapots mature with use. They are prized because the unglazed surfaces absorb traces of the tea brewed, imparting a seasoned flavor to the tea.
One Teapot for One Type of Tea
Each Yixing teapot should ideally be kept for only one type of tea. It is preferable to use the lighter colored teapots for green teas and the darker colored ones for oolong or black teas. Wash these teapots with just water and no detergent.
My First Yixing Teapot
I purchased this teapot many years ago. It was my very first Yixing teapot. This beautiful teapot is made in the classic lotus seed design and measures only 4¾ inches in width from spout to handle and 2 inches in height. The lid has six lotus seeds that move. They are both decorative and also functional as vents for the hot steam. I use it mainly to brew oolong teas poured into tiny tea bowls.
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