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It is said that the emperor of the Song Dynasty gave “tea utensils” as gifts, which shows that the “tea utensils” in the Song Dynasty were very valuable. The Northern Song painter Weng Tong wrote a poem with the phrase “only take tea utensils to appreciate seclusion”. The famous saying of the Southern Song poet Weng Juan was “one yellow court can’t be seen enough, poetry bag and tea utensil always carry with me”. Wang Mian’s painting and poem “Blowing Reed Out of Canyon” from Yuan dynasty has “wine pot and tea utensils on board”. At night when Xu Ze, one of the painters called “Four Great Masters in Wu” in Ming Dynasty, invited his friends to drink tea, he wrote spontaneously: “Teapot is still set up late, singing pot does not wake up”. It can be seen that whether it is Tang and Song poets or Yuan and Ming painters, their works often contain poetic phrases about “tea utensils”. This shows that tea utensils are an inseparable part of tea culture.

Tea sets, in its narrowest sense, refer to teacups, teapots, tea bowls, tea cups, tea trays and tea plates used for drinking tea. Chinese tea sets have a variety of types and beautiful shapes. In addition to practical value, they also have high artistic value, so they are famous both at home and abroad and favored by tea lovers of all ages.

“Food is not as good as utensils” has always been the way of utensils for Chinese people, from coarse-grained soup to slow sipping, human tea drinking has experienced certain historical stages. Different ways of drinking tea naturally produce corresponding tea sets, which are the most important carriers in the long history of tea culture development, providing us with important physical evidence to interpret the tea drinking life of ancient people.

Therefore, people buy tea sets not only to show their identity and status, but also to love and collect the utensils. It also represents their own virtues.