This is a Chinese Yi Xing two color ceramic teapot with a ceramic infuser to hold loose tea. The brown body and the lid are treated with a blue-green overglaze. Inscriptions are etched into the blue-green overglaze on the sides of the body. Very faint scratches in the blue-green overglaze on the left and right sides appear to have been made by the artist creating the inscription. The lid has a small hole to allow the aroma of the tea to escape. The artist's stamp can be seen on the bottom of the teapot. There is also a small stamp on the bottom of the lid. Some of the photos have slightly lighter colors than the colors on the teapot in order to make the inscriptions more visible.
Yi Xing (pronounced ee-shing) teapots first appeared during the Sung Dynasty (960-1279) in the Yi Xing region of China, located in the Jiangsu province, about 120 miles northwest of Shanghai. The Jiangsu province is the world's only source for the unique clay from which Yi Xing teapots are made. The clay's unique properties make it ideal for brewing tea. The insides of Yi Xing teapots are always left uncoated. The porous nature of the clay absorbs the flavor, smell, and color of the tea that is brewed in it. Over time, Yi Xing teapots develop a seasoning from repeated use, making the tea brewed from a well-used teapot a special treat. For this reason, most people will dedicate a single flavor of tea to a specific Yi Xing teapot, so that the seasoning is not disrupted by cross brewing.
This teapot is approximately 6.375" L x 3.875" W x 3.875” H. Weight = 0.91 lb.