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This is one of our most auspicious Chinese tea cups: it features a five-clawed blue dragon, being representative of the Azure Dragon of the East, being one of the four spiritual creatures of Chinese myth and legend. The turquoise-green background also evokes this same myth, being emblematic of the associated element of Wood.
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/include a strainer to filter the leaves out. This one has/includes a strainer and a Euro-style handle.
Fiery Dragon on Green porcelain is a very lively scene sure to keep your tea hot. Chinese Tea Cup includes a strainer and lid. Have a Tea Cup sent to a friend and request FREE Gift Wrapping during check out.
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Chinese Teacup holds 10 oz. of liquid, is lead free, and microwave safe. Request FREE Gift Wrapping during order process. One 6 by 4.5 inch, Chinese Tea Cup Set includes mug, lid, and matching porcelain strainer. Fiery Dragon on Green.