Chinese Yixing Teapots
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Teapots have been used to brew tea as early as the 10th century by the Sung Dynasty in China. The Yixing clay teapot is made of special zisha clay containing various minerals and found only in Yixing, China. After repeated uses the Yixing teapot begins to absorb tea into the walls of the teapot and becomes seasoned with a coating that retains the rich flavors of the tea. Because of the Yixing teapot’s absorbent nature, usually only one type of tea is brewed in the teapot, ensuring each cup of tea keeps its own true distinctive flavor.
To protect the seasoned coating of a Yixing teapot, soap should not be used to clean it. Soap could potentially be absorbed through the pourous clay walls and taint the flavor of future brews. Rinsing the teapot with water after each use and allowing to air dry is sufficient for maintaining a Yixing teapot.
Eventually the teapot became more than a functional piece of drinkware and some teapots became works of art. In China, symbols are traditional ways of expressing an idea in art and the teapot is no exception. A Yixing teapot with decorative Chinese symbols is a lovely way to experience tea drinking and its traditions. Below is a list of several Yixing teapot symbols and their meanings. View our selection of Yixing Teapots.
Chinese Teapot Symbols and Meanings
- Bamboo: Nobility & Growth
- Bunny: Family unity. Gentleness and Fertility
- Butterfly: Everlasting love and romance
- Cat: Good Luck. They are addressed as Lucky Cat
- Cherry Blossom: Beauty and Wealth
- Coin: Prosperity. A gift offering for good fortune
- Chrysanthemum: Symbolizes the autumn harvest. Considered rich, beautiful, & filled with hope
- Dragon & Phoenix: Yin & Yang; man and woman; power & beauty balance. Renewal
- Fish: Rhymes with the Chinese word: "Abundance" and symbolizes prosperity & affluence. A must have dish at Chinese New Years dinner
- Frog: Good Luck charm. It is known to be able to predict future danger and warn to prevent it
- Heart Sutra: The most famous part of Buddhist Bible script - the profound Prajnaparamita Enlightenment: Emptiness is form; form is also emptiness. Be at peace and rejoice within ones self
- Horse: Leadership, intelligence and loyalty
- Laughing Buddha: Rejoice tranquility and generosity
- Lizard: A symbol of living strong
- Lotus: A symbol of purity and enlightenment. The lotus comes out of the mire but it is not itself soiled
- Lotus Root: To bind, connect & love each other, meaning uninterrupted, unconditioned love
- Magnolia: The symbol of feminine sweetness and beauty
- Monkey: Quick witted & full with energy
- Mother & Baby Dragon: A newborn dragon symbolizes the coming of power and good fortune
- Owl: Alertness. It is considered as a night guard blessed with great vision
- Peach: Longevity
- Peony: Queen of Flowers, the peony is a emblem of wealth and distinction
- Pig: Wealth and prosperity
- Pine: Longevity and steadfastness. Pine trees rank above all other trees and the epitome of self-discipline
- Plum Blossom: Beauty, strength & will power. One of the only flowers that withstands the cold & bloom in spring
- Pumpkin: Harvest; Festivity; Celebration
- Rooster: High energy and full of warrior's spirits. Praise those who bring good news at day break
- Swan: Elegance & Beauty.
- Tiger: The tiger is a symbol of courage and bravery and it can ward off demons, is a powerful protector
- Turtle: Longevity
Similarly, Japanese cast iron teapots may be adorned with symbols making the teapot unique and meaningful. Read more about Japanese cast iron teapots.