The body of this Yixing teapot is the classical shape, called Xi Shi ( 西施). According to the legend, Xi Shi was the first of the Four Beauties of ancient China. Born at the end of the "Spring and Autumn Period", in the capital of the ancient State of Yue, she was given to the King of Wu as part of an espionage operation and helped to bring the state of Wu down in 473 BC. This classical teapot shape resembles her full round face. The spout looks like a mouth, gentle and graceful. The teapot's handle looks like a lady's elegant hair bun.
The most famous among ZiSha, Zi Ni clay from the delta of Yangtze River, Yixing, has excellent porosity and heat retaining properties that significantly improve tea taste compared to tea made in glass porcelain or glazed teapots. The clay is made of a mixture of kaolin, quartz, and mica, with a high iron oxide content, and has a somewhat sandy texture. The steps needed to prepare the clay are pretty lengthy and have been traditionally regarded as a trade secret.
One of the teapot's qualities is its airtightness. Fill up the teapot with water. Press the tiny hole on the lid, or close the nose of the teapot, turn the teapot upside down, and you will see that no water will leak.
Capacity: 4.7fl oz / 140ml
Speed of pour: 14 ml/sec
Dimensions: 2.8 x 4.3in / 7 x 11cm
Material: Zi Ni (紫泥) – Yixing Purple Clay (ZiSha)
Shape: Xi Shi (西施)
NOTE: Avoid using detergents when cleaning.