The five-taloned dragon is an ancient symbol of Imperial power; in fact, only the Emperor himself was allowed to wear it, or use it on any of his accoutrements. Those days are over now, and everyone can enjoy the dragon on anything they like, including Chinese tea cups.
In the beginning, tea cups had no handles (that’s why they are also called tea bowls!), and that’s still the way it is for the most part, in China and Japan. They say that it is so that you know when the tea is cool enough to drink: If the cup doesn’t burn your fingers, the tea won’t burn your mouth! But in Europe, they liked to drink their tea much, much hotter; hot enough to stir in sugar, and cooled with a splash of milk, and so it was in Germany that the first tea cup with a handle was created.
Since then, the handle has spread across the world, to the rest of Europe, to the Americas, and yes, right back to where tea got started in China. Today, many Chinese tea cups made for export include a handle – just in case.
The covered tea cup is a traditional vessel for brewing and drinking tea, and may or may not have a strainer to filter the leaves out. This one does not includes a strainer but does have a Euro-style handle.
Keep tea warm in your new and attractive Chinese Tea Cup. Chinese artists are presenting us with a new mix of traditional and contemporary Tea Cup designs. The dragon is a fiery fellow anxious to keep your tea and you warm, all the day long.
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Chinese Tea Cup holds 14.5 oz. of liquid. Ceramic cup is lead free and food and microwave safe.
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One 5.5 inch Chinese Tea Cup mug with matching lid.