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- Product Name: Frog Bian Jing Lan Yixing Teapot 青蛙扁井栏紫砂壶
- Crafting: Semi-hand
- Material: Duan Ni
- Origin: Yixing (宜兴), Jiangsu Province
- Capacity: 130ml
This teapot is shaped like the style of traditional Chinese well. Atop the lid, lays a lifelike frog, delightful to look. This adorable animal has a good reputation both in western and eastern faire tale and literature; it is a good friend of farmers, and is regarded as the embodiment of “wisdom” “integrity” and “good harvest”.
This Frog teapot is good to use and enjoy. The skillful handicraftsman, guided by simplistically aesthetical theory, made it with a kind of inner peace recoiling with the cultural and philosophical ideas of the life in nature. A good Yixing teapot is the combination of perfect form and proficient skill. This piece has a novel and unique shape, bright yellow color, with natural and smooth lines.
The cold fountain possesses the taste of morning, while Yixing purple clay is pregnant with tincture of the spring. Yixing purple clay (also known as Zhisha), as a unique ceramic art form and essential part of Chinese tea culture, has a long history of more than 1,000 years. Yixing Zisha can also be referred to by the name of its birth place, Yixing, located in the southern Jiangsu, in south China. The earliest ceramic activity here can be traced back to five to six thousand years ago, based on the relics of Neolithic Age, found by experts. As a kind of traditional handicraft and trade good, purple clay plays a crucial role in this region, furthermore the impact brought by purple clay on tea culture and ceramics industry are impossible to estimate.
Yixing teapots won universal appeal not only for their novel design and varying colors but also for the utility and multifunction. They are made of Yixing clay, which is a special kind of mineral found in mountains of Yixing, rich in iron, quartz, mica, kaolin, hematite, isinglass, in addition to many other trace minerals. It has been used for making purple clay for many years since Song dynasty (960-1279).
The term "Yixing clay" is often used as an umbrella term to describe several distinct types of clay used to make Yixing teapots, such as:
Purple clay or Zisha or Zini (紫砂/紫泥), purple-brown color;
Zhuni (朱泥), reddish brown clay with high iron content;
Duan Ni (段泥): formulated by using various stones and minerals on the basis of Benshan green clay, producing various colors including beige, yellow, and green.
All the 3 kinds of clay feature for their own peculiar characteristics and can be made into tea pots having unique style of their own.
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Commonly asked questions
- Q: Is this genuine Duan Ni? How porous is this clay, and what tea types would be preferred for this type of pot. Posted on 10/3/16 by Jeremy V
Reply: Thanks for your questions, Jeremy.
This lovely Frog Yixing teapot is made of genuine Duan Ni. Generally, Yixing clay is highly fired to retain its natural porous qualities. The porous nature of Yixing clay makes the teapot very absorbent that helps to bring out the best flavor in fine teas. Therefore, you'd better use one pot to one type of tea, such as Oolong or a Pu-erh, because it's a great help to avoid contaminating the taste of the tea.
Hope it helps.
- Q: What cups would you recommend to go along with this? There's so many to choose from that I'm overwhelmed! In a good way, but I'd like input. Thank you. Posted on 3/10/16 by Krystalle Diaz
Reply: Hi Krystalle,
Thank you for your question.
You may buy some DuanNi zisha teacup to go along your teapot.
And it's a pity that we don't have tea cup made of duanni.
If you want, I can tr to find it for you. Please feel free to contact us.
- Q: I wonder, what does the text on the pot mean? Posted on 6/28/15 by John Hendriks
Reply: Hi John,
Thank you very much for writing to us.
The Chinese words are "荷塘情翊". Our Chinese like lotus. We have an saying "出淤泥而不染" - "Although Lotus rises from the mud it does not get dirty, and although its beauty is spectacular in the pure water it is not showy." We love the quality of lotus.