Fish Tea Pet Yixing Chinese Goldfish
What makes this Fish Tea Pet so special? Many tea drinkers enjoy having “tea pets” on their tea table, for decoration and enjoyment. There are various kinds of Yixing Zisha tea pets, with different meanings of fun and auspism.
In Traditional Chinese culture, there is a common phrase that is often said during the Chinese New Year “Nian Nian You Yu”, which means “Abundance Year By Year”. The words “Fish” and “Abundance” both have the same pronunciation “Yu”, which is why fishes symbolize good luck and happiness. This goldfish tea pet has elaborately carved fish scales, making it appear more visually stunning and attractive.
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What’s a Tea Pet?
A tea pet (otherwise known as a tea lover’s pet) is a small clay figure kept by some tea drinkers for good fortune. They are usually made of zisha or Yixing clay. They are unglazed and mostly monochromatic with a rough surface.
Tea lovers in China “raise a pet” by placing it on the tea tray during tea time and pouring out the tea over it. One of the most popular models for tea pets is the “pee-pee boy”. When it is first soaked in cold water and then showered with hot water, it will squirt out the water that it previously absorbed.