Monday, May 15, 2006
This porcelain Gaiwan has a classic Chinese design and is filled with the hibiscus tea that KC ordered. Originating in the Ming Dynasty, the Gaiwan became increasingly popular during the Ching Dynasty. The bowl is large enough to accommodate tea for brewing, yet small enough to be held for comfortable tea drinking. The word Gaiwan means "lidded bowl" and consists of a saucer, a cup, and a lid. Each piece is made for a specific purpose. The saucer allows the individual drinking the tea to hold the hot cup of tea. The cup allows for one to drink and brew tea. And the lid allows a person to stir the tea (using it's edge) and to push tea leaves on the surface aside so the tea can be sipped.