The God of Wealth Yixing Zisha Tea Pet

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The God of Wealth Yixing Zisha Tea Pet

Yixing (宜兴), Jiangsu Province, China


Duan Ni (鍛泥) and Qingshui Ni (清水泥)




4.3” W x 4.3” H (11cm x 11cm)

Angel's Comment:

Carrying auspicious and promising implication, this God of Wealth Zisha Tea Pet looks vivid and pleasant, and is also a great choice for decoration and appreciation.

The God of Wealth looks over people’s treasures and wealth in ancient Chinese myths and legends. He both bears their devout hope for peace and contentment in seeking a good fortune and affluent life, as well as motivates their struggling spirits and pushes them towards their ambitions.

Crafted in a common image of the God of Wealth, this Zisha tea pet can bring you delight from the carefree smile on its face. There is a tiny hole beneath the white teeth of the tea pet, which will bubble softly under hot water; the thick, large earlobes represent wisdom and good fortune in traditional Chinese culture, and he holds a Yuan Bao in his right hand a scroll in the left. The scroll bears four Chinese characters: 招财进宝, representing the bringing of wealth and treasure.

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Qing Shui Ni: The ore for this purple clay is a type of mica-rich hematite, often used for drinking mugs in ancient times. Because this clay contains relatively fewer impurities than other raw materials, and because it does not change shape or glaze when firing, it is widely used for crafts. It is mellow and ruddy as well, often earning the name of “red purple clay” or Hong Qing Shui. The clay has a quaint look to it, and after using a teapot made of this material for brewing the same type of tea over and over, the taste of that tea in further sessions will gradually deepen. For these reasons and others, both teapot makers and tea drinkers love this kind of clay.

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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