Glazed ceramic Gaiwan with relief of lotus flowers, leaves, and fish. A gaiwan or zhong is a Chinese lidded bowl without a handle that used for the infusion of tea leaves and the consumption of tea. It was invented during the Ming dynasty. It consists of a bowl, a lid, and a saucer.
Gaiwan is the preferred method for brewing green and white teas as the gaiwan’s porcelain absorbs the heat and does not damage the tea. Gaiwans are less suitable for black teas as the large lid allows heat to escape too quickly during the steeping process. They are especially common in the north of China for enjoying scented teas like jasmine tea.
Size: 4″ diameter x 4″ height
Capacity: 6 oz.
Color: Celadon Green