These celadon porcelain tea cups exhibit flora of the four seasons, which were originally called the four gracious plants and were Confucian symbols for the characteristics of learned men. Bamboo represents integrity, chrysanthemums are a sign of a productive and fruitful life, orchids stand for refinement, and plum blossoms represent courage. These symbols are believed to bring these gracious characteristics to its bearer.
Celadon is a prized jade blue crackled glaze called crazing that dates back to the Korean kingdom of Goryeo (918-1392). Truly exquisite.
Each of these fine celadon porcelain mugs with accompanying lids contains a ceramic tea strainer to help users enjoy tea brewed directly from tea leaves. The strainers can then be placed on the lid when tea is being enjoyed.
A meaningful, elegant, and uniquely useful gift that will be treasured for years to come.
Information Sheet Included. Wrapped as shown.
Made in Korea
More on the Unique Beauty of Korean Celadon
The aesthetic beauty of the the early Koryo celadon lies in its subtle beauty and elegant simplicity. So impressed were the Chinese scholars that they called Koryo celadon one of the 10 treasures of the world, while the Chinese artisans described its color as "beyond description". Though its beauty can hardly be described to someone who has not seen or experienced it in person, the following descriptions by early 20th Century scholars come close.
The quietness and subtlety of Korean pottery are said to show the quintessence of the Oriental spirit: its quiet elegance, simplicity of form and style of make have been compared with the profound and exalted spirit of Zen Buddhism.... The forms of these wares have an instant appeal to one's heart; their colours have unique transparent depth, and their freely carved decoration is no less affecting... they exude quietness of spirit...
Modern celadon maintains the same beauty. It can be seen in the delicate latticework of cracks visible under its glaze, called crazing, and in the deep jade-green color. The shapes derived from nature such as those representing the human form further enhance its appeal. It is somewhat difficult to appreciate the beauty of celadon from a picture - one must look closely at the fine pattern of crazing under the deep azure-green glaze. The longer one looks at its rich color the more beautiful it appears.