Dragon and Phoenix Carved Yixing Teacup

115 mL

A dark unglazed Yixing clay teacup with a large capacity and classical imagery of a dragon and phoenix.


3 in stock

A textured cup shaped from a mix of Yixing purple sand clay and other clay types. Thick walls, with a larger than ordinary capacity, the cup feels comfortable and solid when held in your palm.

The pattern on the cup is that of a Dragon and Phoenix flying among lucky clouds. The dragon and the phoenix have historic associations with the emperor and empress of China, and continue to symbolize nobility, power and luck.

This teacup is very dark in color, with a hint of red on the more pronounced parts of the relief carving.

The dark color of the main clay is part of a style known as jing gan sha, whose appearance is intended to resemble the dark color of celestial armor from Chinese myth. The color is achieved by adding oxidized manganese metal to the clay as natural pigment.

  • Origin: Yixing County, Jiangsu Province, China
  • Clay: Jing Gan Sha – Unglazed black Yixing clay
  • Capacity: 115mL

About Yixing Clay

Yixing clay from Yixing County is prized for its high levels of iron, which holds heat and is said to improve flavor.

Unglazed Yixing clay absorbs aromas and flavors easily, and the tea you make in it seasons it over time. To keep within a similar flavor profile, most people dedicate a specific teapot for just one type of tea, like rock wulong or sheng puer.

To clean, just rinse your pot off with boiling water. Avoid washing with soap.

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