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Vizier Yixing Teapot

duanni

With a distinctive stripe around its waist and flourishes on its handle and knob, this teapot, made of high quality yellow duan ni ore, seems like a well-dressed courtier, prepared for serious council (on how best to prepare tea, perhaps?) and serious enjoyment (such as drinking tea). The clean joints of the crooked spout and firm handle, the defined lip of its lid, and the built-in ball filter all speak to the intersection of aesthetic form with practical function—this is a teapot ready to accompany you through thick and thin.

 

The clay

The Vizier Yixing teapot is made of Zhima Duanni (芝麻缎泥) clay, a yellow ore extracted from a mine in the Yellow Dragon Mountain (Huanglong shan, 黄龙山). Zhima, meaning 'sesame', refers to the black grains studding the yellow clay, resembling ground sesame.

  

Why do I need a Yixing teapot?

The material and the shape of Yixing teapots are ideal for brewing tea. They bring out the tea flavour like no other tea vessel. Hand-made Yixing teapots are also valuable handicrafts sought after by collectors. Their value raises with time, usage, and artist popularity.

Yixing teapots are made of a rare and depleting clay mined in the mountains near Yixing, a city in the Jiangsu province. The high density yet porous nature of the clay absorbs the smell of the tea brewed in it. For this reason, it is advised to use the pot with only one kind of tea (for instance with black teas or green teas). Bring your tea to the next level; allow yourself an authentic Yixing teapot.

  • MATERIAL:  Zhīma duàn ní, 芝麻段泥 (Sesame Satin Mud)
  • MINE:  Huanglongshan, 黄龙山
  • SHAPE:  Yùdài hú, 玉带壶 (jade belt pot)
  • CAPACITY:  130 ml
  • HEIGHT:  6.5 cm
  • WIDTH:  7 x 10 cm

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