Antique Hand Painted Thatched Hut Gaiwan
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As the Chinese poem says, 'In the cold dark night, a guest arrives. I will serve tea in lieu of wine' Somewhere, a sage lived in a deep mountain hut, retired from society but always aware of what was happening in the world. Tea, aside from being a form of hospitality, was usually offered as a gesture of knowing- that one must stay awake to understand the news of the world that the guest brings, while an offer of wine would have been a symbol of escape. Deep meanings aside in this simply painted ink style on the gaiwan, it is a vessel made possibly in the 50s or 60s, and not having experienced much use, is in excellent condition. Small, single person gaiwan, about 4 oz., most suitable for green or white teas.