A silver 'goose' tea spoon, Tang dynasty 唐 銀鏨雁首茶匙
30,000 - 50,000 HKD
A silver 'goose' tea spoon,
In good condition, with only expected small dents and minor oxidation to the surface. The reverse of the handle with an area of concentrated scratches.
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Tea spoons were originally used as utensils to measure and transfer powdered-form tea from the tea brazier to a tea bowl. During the early period of diancha (tea whisking) culture, the tea spoon gradually became a utensil to whisk foam on tea. Cai Xiang’s Cha Lu (The Record of Tea) recorded that ‘Tea spoon must be heavy, such that it gives enough force when tea is whisked. Gold is the best amongst all (material), silver and iron are commonly used, bamboo is too light’. A closely related tea spoon from the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York is illustrated on their official website https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/61110.