3 Things to Look for When Buying a Chawan (Tea Bowl)

The chawan was in fashion, out of fashion, and is now back in fashion here in the West (Europe and North America). All over the course of a mere three or four centuries. If you’re thinking of buying one or more, there are some things to consider first. Actually, three things top my list of …

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Tea Bowls in the British Museum

Whilst some of you tea drinkers out there might be familiar with a gaiwan (a Chinese lidded bowl used for the preparation and drinking of tea, pictured here), its simpler relative, the chawan, might be less well-known to you. Chawan literally means ‘tea bowl’ and, unlike the gaiwan, it has no lid or saucer. It is, …

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