Most people can't imagine drinking tea without a tea cup. However, before the invention of the modern teacup, tea was served in bowls or pots and drunk from a spouted bowl called a gaiwan. So when was the first tea cup invented in China?
In ancient China, tea was served in bowls.
In ancient China, tea was served in bowls. The cups that we know today did not exist until the Ming Dynasty, which began in 1368. Before then, tea was served in ceramic bowls or porcelain bowls.
Clay and porcelain were used to make these cups because they were more common than fine china at that time.
When the Tang Dynasty (618-907) came to power in the seventh century, new drinking habits were formed.
The Tang Dynasty (618-907) came to power in the seventh century, ushering in a period of peace and prosperity. The first recorded use of tea as a drink dates from this time.
During the Tang era, teas were drunk in small bowls called “lu” or “xian zhan” (literally: “tea bowl”). These cups were usually exported to western countries like Japan and Korea where they became popular among aristocrats.
The tea cup as we know it today was developed during the Ming dynasty (1368—1644), during a period of peace and prosperity.
The tea cup as we know it today was developed during the Ming dynasty (1368—1644), during a period of peace and prosperity. During this time, there was increased trade with other countries, particularly Japan and Korea. This led to the introduction of new styles of ceramics.
During this period, Chinese potters began using different glazes on their wares than they had before. They also began to use more decorative elements such as gold inlay or carved designs. These two trends combined would lead to some pretty interesting results!
The tea cup became a symbol of social status and wealth.
The cups were made from porcelain, which was very expensive and only the rich could afford it. This meant that only people who had money could drink tea from these cups, showing off how wealthy they were to others.
So, when were tea cups invented in china? Well, it depends on who you ask. But the real answer is somewhere between the 8th and 14th centuries. And as to what they were used for? Well, we know that they were often made out of porcelain which was imported from Japan during this time period. And so it's safe to say that China's love affair with tea started long before anyone had ever heard of an Earl Grey!
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