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Today I will share with you an interesting little history of tea sets: the birth of a teaspoon is due to the text limitation of lnstagram, I will write the article on my website www.txs-tea.com, welcome to read.
Teaspoon, one of the six gentlemen of the tea ceremony, also known as tea pull and tea steak, is shaped as a slender spoon, which is often used to extract tea leaves. Spoon, also known as "spoon" in the south, is used to blend soup as the name suggests. Indeed, in the Tang and Song Dynasties, teaspoons were used to stir tea soup. Cai Xiang of the Northern Song Dynasty said in "Tea Records": "The teaspoons must be heavy and blow powerfully. Gold is the most important thing, and iron and silver are used in the world." Mei Yao The last two sentences of Chen's "Ciyun and Yongshu Taste New Tea Miscellaneous Words" wrote: "Stone bottle decoction with silver stalks and chestnut grains makes people startled. Poetry has been hungry for a long time and can't help but sips into the abdomen and screams." Among them, the teaspoons mentioned are used in the process of ordering tea. Ordering tea is a way of making tea in the Tang and Song Dynasties. Specifically, the tea powder is brewed with hot water, and the hot water needs to be poured in portions. The first time to inject a small amount of water to mix the powdered tea, it is called Tiao Gao. After the ointment is adjusted, a large amount of water is used to make tea soup, which is called "dot soup". The tool used in this is a teaspoon. However, judging from the teaspoon unearthed in the Tang Dynasty, the silver gilt and silver teaspoon in the underground palace of Famen Temple, its length is 35.9 cm and the length of the spoon is 4.3 cm. Some practitioners use the same type. The length of the teaspoon was operated and the tea was smashed, and it was found that the tea soup was splashing. According to the record of the tea props "dagger" in the "Tea Classic" of the Tang Dynasty, Lu Yu, it is speculated that the dagger-shaped silver teaspoon in the underground palace of Famen Temple should be used to measure tea Use at the end. (During the Tang Dynasty, the teaspoon of the Song dynasty was not popular yet.)
But what should the teaspoon of the Song Dynasty that really "swipe" look like? In the Song Dynasty document "Qing Yi Lu", there was a passage saying: "Mr. Jiang Jiu has a high charm, and the son of Chu Yin is more pure and arrogant. After crushing the tooth powder and bones, Xiao Chong will be used as a trough for the horse's feet. "Mr. Jiangjiu is the tea cake, the silver stirrer is "silver teaspoon", and is named "Silver teaspoon for small points". (Because this type of teaspoon is used for whisking, it is not difficult to understand it as a split whisker. (Easy to flick) The teaspoon of the Song Dynasty was much smaller in size compared to the Tang Dynasty. The popularity of tea buckets made the teaspoon more sophisticated, and the subtle and introverted philosophy allowed the Song Dynasty teaspoon to reach the ultimate beauty. In the late Northern Song Dynasty, it was made of bamboo. The tea pot began to appear, because its structure allowed it to comb the water lines of the tea infusion and have a more visual aesthetic effect, so it gradually replaced the silver teaspoon's impact. In the Northern Song Dynasty "Daguan Tea Theory" and the Southern Song Dynasty The use of tea pots can be seen in the literature. In the Ming Dynasty, there were also utensils called teaspoons. In Gao Lian's "Eight Notes of Zunsheng" in the Ming Dynasty, there was a type of utensils "to lift the cloud, bamboo teaspoons are also used to get fruit." Ming Dynasty tea drinking The method is changed from the grinding and decoction of tuan tea in the Tang and Song Dynasties to loose tea brewing, and there are fruit teas with health preservation effects. The tea cup is equipped with a teaspoon to pick up the fruit. In modern tea art, the teaspoon is used. It is again included in the tea props, but it is mostly used to extract tea from the tea. At the same time, the tea can be extracted from the teapot after the introduction of tea brewing. Therefore, the requirements for the head of the teaspoon are not very high, and it is not spoon-shaped. Instead, it turned to needle-like or handle-like. Mu Gu Gejin, my friend took the Tang and Song Dynasty tea ideas and designed a red sandalwood tea dial (teaspoon). Combining red sandalwood and silver together as a teaspoon, let the difference of tea During the encounter, there is still a hint of the plant itself, focusing on cultural connotation, and respecting practical design. Lu Yi’s teaspoon uses silver as the head of the teaspoon, which is flat, and uses red sandalwood as a thin handle to make the tea setting more convenient. It is light. After making tea, use a teaspoon to remove the tea leaves from the pot. The silver utensils are also cleaner and easier to clean.