Laughing Maitreya Buddha Yixing Tea Pet

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Laughing Maitreya Buddha Yixing Tea Pet
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Yixing Teapet Duan Ni

Yixing (宜兴), Jiangsu Province, China


Duan Ni (鍛泥)




3.5” W x 2.8” H (9 cm x 7cm)

Angel's Comment:

The laughing Maitreys Buddha Tea Pet has a wild and benignant look, can bring a peaceful and natural atmosphere for the brew.

The Maitreya Buddha has a pleasant smile on his face, and is usually hunkered down with a jolly potbelly. This popular look actually has a special implication and symbolic value to it: the potbelly represents an attitude of carrying on through the world’s most intolerable matters and situations, while the smiling face represents laughing against life’s general ridiculousness. This tea pet holds a bunch of Buddha beads in his right hand and a cloth bag in his left, and he hunkers over the tea table in a lazy position, reflecting a tea culture that embraces anyone and everyone with open arms and an open heart. This Buddha tea pet reminds you to keep a peaceful mind and pleasant mood when brewing tea.


Duan Ni: Duanni, also called Lao Tuanni, is often seen around Huanglong Shan, Yixing, in Jiangsu Province. Aside from being used to make pottery, duanni is often finely ground for use in blends; when fired the clay turns yellow in color, with tiny speckles of red throughout. This type of clay is loose with double air-hole structures within, resulting in smoother cross-ventilation than other types of clay, establishing it as a great choice for usage in teapots.


Yixing County is known as the Pottery Capital of China for its extensive 6500-year history of the craft. The area boasts abundant resources of argil, tea, bamboo, and charcoal, each of which contributes an important base material for the making of pottery. Yixing Zisha products have earned countless prizes both at home in China as well as abroad, with a few exceptional works presented as national gifts during international diplomacy.

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