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Gong Dao Bei (Fairness Cup), Hence No. 1

gong dao bei | porcelain


Gong Dao Bei (fairness cup) is a simple pitcher for serving tea.

It is common to strain  tea from a pot or Gaiwan into this pitcher in order to even out the brew and ensure all guests receive a brew of equal strength. This is why the Gong Dao Bei is called a fairness cup.

This Gong Dao Bei is made of Mutton Fat Jade porcelain, the highest-grade Chinese white porcelain from Dehua, Fujian. The purity of kaolin clay in Dehua is ideal for quality porcelain production and gives the porcelain its bright, milky white luster. When exposed to sunlight, the porcelain looks like jade.

6.7 fl oz


Mutton Fat Jade Porcelain

For first time use, cleanse with warm water.

Dishwasher is not recommended; Simply rinse carefully.

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Gong Dao Bei

Gong Dao Bei is also called Cha Hai, which means “the ocean of tea.”   

Gong Dao Bei is a must in the Gongfu Cha ceremony. On a tea table, it is the only tool connecting the host and guests and the host uses the pitcher to show good manners. An old Chinese saying has it that “a full cup of liquor shows respect for your guest, but a full cup of tea intimates your guest,” so the host typically uses the Gong Dao Bei to fill the teacup up to just 70%. When pouring, it is polite to hold the Gong Dao Bei lower and closer to guests’ teacups.

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    The product itself is so exquisite that I do not want to take a single star off. However, must state with great sadness that stamping with thick black ink a company name on the outside bottom of such a fine mutton fat porcelain item, as is customary with basic ceramics from discount stores, is an astonishingly insensitive insult, in my eyes at least. Perhaps it could be reconsidered and corrected in the future.

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