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160ml Ru Kiln Bodhidharma Gaiwan

160ml Ru Kiln Bodhidharma Gaiwan

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This is a Ruyao gaiwan I purchased for my own use: I have several items featuring the Bodhidharma in my collection, including a tea pet and a Taiwanese infuser mug, and I had to have this gaiwan when I saw it. The Bodhidharma is a popular motif on Chinese teaware. As a tea-loving South Asian martial artist, I feel a connection of sorts to the Bodhidharma, and I love that he's testing tea on this gaiwan (which is what I use it for)!

The artwork on this gaiwan is a combination of both an applied decal and hand painting, which is common practice in China (and has been for a very long time). 

This is a relatively thick-walled Ru Kiln stoneware gaiwan which makes it quite a good choice for testing pu erh due to its good heat retention, and I test a lot of pu erh in my personal gaiwan. The crackled glaze will color over time and you'll be able to see fine lines with use. If you don't like that look, you can use a melamine sponge and/or a little bleach to remove the staining very quickly and easily.

This gaiwan is 160ml to the lid, and 200ml to the very rim of the bowl. I use this gaiwan without the lid for brewing more delicate teas, such as white, green and yellow tea, with excellent results. I use the lid in cooler weather. You can also comfortably sip from this gaiwan, using the lid to hold leaves back, if desired.

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