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Jianshui Zitao Pottery Jar for Cake Tea Storage
Jianshui (建水) County, Yunnan Province, China
100% Hand-made, so the body of the teapot may have handmade traces (Note: 100% hand-made can’t be exactly the same as shown on the picture. So it is normal that in a few cases the teapot may be very slightly different from that on the picture, however, the quality is always the same.)
Can store 5-6 cakes of 200g cake tea
6.9” W x 7.5” H (17.5cm x 19cm)
Jianshui pottery is a traditional Chinese ceramic with a long history and unique artistic value and cultural significance. In addition to Jianshui teapots, jianshui tea caddy is also one of the very typical utensils. Compared with ordinary ceramic or glass tea caddies, Jianshui purple pottery has strong adhesion, high hygroscopicity and ability to release humidity. Thereby forming a relatively stable humidity environment for tea and conducive to the storage of tea. In addition, Jianshui tea caddies also have good anti-mildew and anti-bacterial effects, so it is an ideal ware for cake tea storage.
The clay of Jianshui Zitao comes from Wucai Mountain in Jianshui County, Yunnan. The common clays are purple, white, blue, yellow, and other colors. Jianshui pottery has the reputation of "hard as iron, bright as water, smooth as jade and sound like a chime". It contains high iron content, the made utensils have high hardness, and the texture is fine with metal-like texture. The making of Jianshui utensils pays attention to fine workmanship, especially decoration. It uses calligraphy engraving and colorful-mud inlaying as the main technology, integrating painting, calligraphy, engraving, inlay, and other decorative arts, which is extremely practical and ornamental.
Jianshui County is located in the eastern part of Yunnan Province. The terrain is high in the south and low in the north. The Wulao Peak in the south is the highest point with an elevation of 2515 meters. The discovery of the pottery balls and pottery net pendants dating back more than 3,500 years in the Yanzidong Neolithic Site in Jianshui County proves that Jianshui had primitive pottery craftsmanship as early as the Neolithic Age, and Jianshui ceramics sprouted in the late Neolithic Age.
Jianshui Zitao went through the Han, Tang and Song dynasties and grew up in the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. There is a saying of “Celadon famous in Song dynasty, blue and white porcelain famous in Ming dynasty and Zitao famous in late Qing dynasty”.
In 1921, Jianshui Zitao Pottery won the Fine Arts Award at the Panama International Fair.
In 1953, at the National Folk Arts and Crafts Exhibition held in Beijing, Jianshui Zitao Pottery was listed as one of China's four famous potteries by the Ministry of Culture.
In July 2016, the former AQSIQ approved the implementation of geographical indication product protection for "Jianshui Zitao Pottery".