Sunday, October 15, 2006
Hand painted (?) prune flower cups
Lovely porcelain cups, classic blue and white. Very thin wall. Cups very snuggly in hand.
Since the Ming Dynasty, white porcelain tea wares became popular due to the change of tea drinking preference. Loose leaves became popular, mostly contributed by the first emperor of Ming. He ordered contribution tea in loose leave form instead of the cake form in previous dynasties. Ming was also the period when tea was steeped instead of cooked in Tang period and powdered (Dian Cha - similar to Matcha) in Song. White porcelain can reflect the true color of tea soup.
It's interesting how everyday life was and still is influenced by government in every corner of the earth, ie Boston tea party?!