Thursday, 8 August 2013

Plenty of provisions

Squirrels Teapot
This is a teapot designed during the early years of the 1960s. It carries the meaning of self sufficiency in the people's lives. There are two squirrels and a bunch of grapes at the side of the body of the teapot and a squirrel at the top cover. This theme was proper during that time as the people of China were beginning to experience a better life. There were developments in every sectors of industry. The people were hard working and there was plenty of food around and everyone had more than enough clothing to wear. Of course, many known potters had made this teapot in their career at Yixing.

Alans Museum has two such teapots made by Zhihua. The clay used was a fine Yixing zisha purple clay. The surface of the teapot is smooth and the squirrels were well crafted. The squirrels looked very lively poking at the grapes as if they were send the message that there is plenty of food around.

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