I think by now you will all know that my main interests lie with anything to do with archaeology and ancient times, mainly pottery Therefor it will come as no surprise that I also like collecting certain antique items, one of which are the beautiful Yixing teapots, of which I only ever managed to obtain two to add to my collection of teapots.
Yixing Ware Teapot with looped handle c 1900
HISTORY OF THE YIXING WARES
Archaeology reveals that as early as the Song Dynasty (l0th century) potters near Yixing were using local ” Zisha” (purple sand/clay) to make utensils that may have functioned as teapots.
According to the ‘ Ming dynasty ‘ Zhou Gaoqi , during the reign of Zhengde Emperor, a monk from Jinsha Temple (Golden Sand Temple) in Yixing handcrafted a fine quality teapot from local clay, such teapots soon became popular and the fame of Yixing teapots quickly spread.
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