This little pup may also be a Shiba Inu. Whatever breed they are, they love tea, specifically having it poured on them. Symbolically, they represent the Year of the Dog in the Chinese Twelve Animal system. Dog tea pets can also represent a dog, past or present, from your life. Whatever its deeper meaning, this dog tea pet is remarkable for its cuteness of form.
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.
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I got this for my sister since she loves dogs. It is so cute. If you are looking for a simple, small tea pet, then this is a nice choice. The surface has a nice texture to it. I thought it might be more top heavy but it's fairly stable on its 4 short legs. It is a little lighter than I thought it would be.