This is a handmade ceramic Chinese Yi Xing teapot in the shape of a section of bamboo. The handle curves out from the back of the teapot and also looks like a section of bamboo. The most outstanding feature of this teapot is the delicate calligraphy on the front, sides, and handle. The lid has bamboo-shaped knob on top and a small hole to allow the aroma of the tea to escape. The artist's stamps can be seen on the bottom of the pot and the underside of the lid. The teapot has not been cleaned. The photographs have been lightened slightly to make the calligraphy 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, called purple or red clay. Purple clay's unique properties make it ideal for brewing tea. The inside of Yi Xing teapots are always left uncoated. The porous nature of purple 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 measures 5.5"" L (from spout to handle) x 3.25""W x 4.25""H. It comes in a padded Chinese gift box."