Bronze Toad Tea Pet

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Not a Chan Chu, but a terrestrial toad with four legs. A solid and unbreakable tea pet to anchor your tea service in the cthonic spheres. In China, the toad is considered a Yin symbol, representing the earth, and the bringer of rain. This particular toad almost looks real, its leg outstretched in an exploratory stride. Like all the best tea pets, this toad is detailed in three dimensions, down to the last wart and web. 

Tea Pets 茶寵 (Chá Chǒng) are small figurines, usually made of unglazed stoneware (such as the kind teapots are made from), in the shape of animals, people, gods, mythical beasts, plants, fungi - pretty much anything at all. Their sole purpose is to be a recipient of waste water and waste tea produced over the course of the tea service from heating and rinsing the wares and leaves. Over time, they develop a patina of tea oils the way that tea pots do. This process of "raising" as it is called allows them to develop a dark, shiny lustre, with each tea pet taking on its own look and personality over time with use. They also serve a votive function - the pouring of tea over the figure calls in the "spirit" of whatever that figure represents. A good tea pet looks best when in use - ie when enjoying a stream of hot tea being poured over it.