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This Twin Carp Tea Pet has a priceless goofy expression on its face, making it hilarious to look at.
The surface glaze has a craquelure pattern which will gradually stain with the colour of tea. As you use it more and more often to drink tea, its beautiful pattern will slowly unravel.
Also known to Westerners as Koi Fish, the Chinese carp has numerous symbolic values within Chinese culture. It is a powerful symbol of strength and perseverance. This is because it has scales and whiskers which resemble that of a dragon, one of the most revered creatures in Chinese mythology.
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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.