Chinese Painting ZiSha Tea Caddy

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Chinese Painting ZiSha Tea Caddy
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Yixing (宜兴), Jiangsu Province, China


Qingshui Ni (清水泥) - Red




150g dry leaves (hold less for fluffy type tea)


4.9” W x 4.3” H (12.5cm x 11cm)

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For pu-erh lovers, this purple clay tea caddy is a necessary tea set for storing and awaking pu-erh tea.

This tea caddy is handmade with Yixing purple clay in Jiangsu province. It has two color styles – yellow (Duan Ni) and red (Qingshui Ni). Made with fine Yixing purple clay, this tea caddy is smooth to touch and is of round, elegant shape. Atop this tea caddy there is a golden chrysanthemum-shaped copper ring which is very handy for you to open the lid. Turn the lid over and you will find a Chinese ancient coin, as a symbol of abundance, which helps fix the copper ring and make the lid exquisite and durable to use.

The decorative wintersweet and chrysanthemum patterns, which are finely engraved around the body surface with Chinese calligraphy, symbolize the traditional Chinese values of integrity and simplicity, sending forth strong Chinese amorous feelings.

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How to use

For pu-erh tea, especially aged type, it is necessary to awake them from the long-term dormant state using tea caddy, by this way, you will find your pu-erh more tasty.

Here are the steps you will need to awake your pu-erh tea:

Break up your compressed tea cake into smaller pieces with tea needle and let them stored in purple clay tea caddy for at least half month (for aged pu-erh tea, it is advisable to let them stored about 60 days), during this period the cake leaves can breathe freely and the unpleasant pile-fermented smell will fade away gradually with time passing by. After this step, obvious improvements will be present in its aroma, liquor and mouth feel.


Qing Shui Ni: the ore of purple clay, a kind of hematite with much mica, a common mug in the early time. Because it contains relatively smaller ratio impurities than other material, and the big fire won't change its shape and glaze, it is widely used. And as it is mellow ruddy, it is also called red purple clay or Hong Qing Shui. The clay looks quaint, and after long time use the same teapot to brew the same teas, the taste of tea will be better. And there are many traditional models; both the makers and teapot lovers like to use this kind of clay.

Duanni is called Lao Tuanni which is common seen in Huanglong Shan, Yixing, Jiangsu Province. Besides being used to make pottery, Duanni also can be grind into fine particles to be used to blend. Being burning Duanni will become yellow in color, with very small amount of red spots. This kind of clay is of loosen and double air hole structure, that leads smooth cross-ventilation. Teapot made of Duanni is such a good choice to enjoy best teas.


Yixing County, the Pottery Capital of China, has a very long history of pottery making for around 6500 years. Yixing boasts abundant resources of argil, tea, bamboo and charcoal, all of which build the important material resource basis for making pottery. Yixing Zisha products have been awarded many prizes both in home and abroad, some excellent works have been presented as national gifts in international communications.

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