Friday, April 03, 2009

The Red Cliff II

I was watching the new movie Red Cliff directed by John Woo the other night. Besides the great Actors and Actresses, big battle scenes, love, hate and world domination.... The Tea Porn was hardcore! Could not stop thinking about it. Since I am obsessed with Han style tea, and it's great that this movie really goes into the vessel details on how people drink tea 2000+ yrs ago.

Recently, there are good bundles of quizzes on tea blogs and chats. I would like to go with the tides:

So what are these genuine relics in the picture? What period? Of course it's tea realated.... but how to use, and what are these for?
Learning from MarshalN, what interest will there be without a prize.... The closest guess will have a good sample of the best Wudong DC (a hint) I have.

Hope this will inspiring and be educational too, more relics to come....

Just some more hint pics. Will have the answers Wed. the 8th. Happy Quizzes.


mark said...

i think that it is used to roast a small amount of leaves before drinking or brewing the tea

Dave said...

I'd have to second that idea. It looks like an antique bronze brazier but the bowl seems more suitable for tea than for water.

Definitely a nice looking roaster. :) But is all that scroll work really Han?

Trent said...

It's used to crush tea leaves to prepare Tang Style (as described here It's from the Tang Dynasty.

MarshalN said...

So what's the answer?

I thought it might be more or less similar with Mark's idea too

author said...

Wow. After these great and seemingly informed answers how could I venture to guess?

(I was only going to guess it was used in roasting somehow)

- Janine

toki said...

I will have the answer and new question on Wed. the 8th. So far, no one has the right dynasty nor the usage correct.... more guess?

(hint: It is not Han dynasty)

speakfreely said...

Clearly the bottom part is a brazier. The top could be for water, but I'd say it's open shape means it is for washing cups, not keeping water hot for brewing. Dynasty? I see occidental influence in the scroll work, so I'm going to say Ming.

toki said...

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