Sunday, February 25, 2007

Unknown age green clay Yixing pot

My father was in China to attend my cousin's wedding. It is nice to have family and friends who fuel my tea obsession. My cousin gave me this unknown age old yixing pot! It's very smooth to touch, well seasoned with use, wonderful art work, and I love the mythical representation of the figure.

Buddhism promotes the idea of Karma, kinda like a score card through out your life, before life, after life and every life there after, basically eternal; your family can inherit your karma as well, roughly speaking. Monks particularly accumulate good karma by not eating/killing animals, eliminate desires, promote peace, no wrong doing, and so on. Once they reach the level of kindness of god, they become immortal and assume super power in order to continue to do good for the human kind.

This pot portraits a monk with super power where he's capable of inflating a raggie bag (his luggage/belonging) as his transportation vessel across the sea, fly over the clouds.


7 comments:

Salsero said...

Thanks for sharing this lovely pot and the story that goes with it!

MarshalN said...

Interesting looking pot. What is that ring of stuff around the lid?

innerspace said...

Nice green buddy!;-)

Imen said...

Marshaln,

That is a tradional border diagram around the openning. You can see it by enlarge the picture.

MarshalN said...

Didn't think about clicking on the photo to see a larger version of it, stupid me, now it's clear what it is.

From the small picture it looks like mud deposit, but I was sure you wouldn't get a pot like that!

Imen said...

Marshaln,

Having a blonde moment eh? :)

-ppp- said...

This is probably the most beautiful teapot I've ever seen...

I've been looking for a pot with buddhist theme but so far I haven't found one to please me. Well, I can only hope that some day I'll find one as beautiful as this pot.