Friday, March 12, 2010

With what to serve Shaoxing wine, Part I


This is a family treasure. It was my grandfather's. I'd never dream of using it...too scared I'll break it. It's a serving cup, used for Shaoxing wines. These traditional Chinese rice wines are usually served warm, and this is what the southern Chinese used to drink them in. The porcelain is so fine, so pure in its sheen. The flowers, the calligraphy are all so intricate - no, I could never actually use this. Comprised of three pieces - lid, lower bowl, and a drinking cup hidden inside. More photos coming.


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