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Gong fu tea pets, tea mascots, etc... spider feet?

by futurebird » Feb 23rd, '13, 16:44

I've been reading about tea pets or tea mascots.

There seem to be quite a few:

Spitting frogs - these are little frogs on top of a melon or rock that are first soaked in water then spit water when heater water is poured over them.

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three-legged frogs - Chan Chu is the "money toad" often he will change color. More info: http://www.anthropology.uci.edu/~wmmaur ... hanChu.htm

I wonder if the coin in its mouth is meant to move when water is poured over it?

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Playing dogs with a ball - when heated water is poured over them the ball spinns. I think these are "lion dogs" the same kind you see at new years parades.

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Pixiu - This is a creature that loves to eat gold, so it makes sense that often they will change color from brown to gold.

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Feet with spiders - This one has me very confused. What is the meaning of the spider feet? Is it some kind of pun? Is it related to "foot water" the name for go fu waste water?

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Seed pod? - I also cannot identify this one. Is it a seed pod? Will it moved when hot water is added?

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Re: Gong fu tea pets, tea mascots, etc... spider feet?

by TomVerlain » Feb 23rd, '13, 18:28

the last one is a lotus pod. Probably, the little seeds bob around

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Re: Gong fu tea pets, tea mascots, etc... spider feet?

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Re: Gong fu tea pets, tea mascots, etc... spider feet?

by GARCH » Feb 24th, '13, 08:49

The words on the spider feet reads "Zhi Zu" meaning "Be Content" for the left feet and "Chang Le", "Always Happy" on the right feet. The 4 characters read together is a pretty common idiom in Chinese :D

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Re: Gong fu tea pets, tea mascots, etc... spider feet?

by gasninja » Feb 25th, '13, 08:49

And for those of us that demand something tasteful and elegant that speaks to a certain degree sophistication in the owner there is always the classic
http://www.12got.com/product/1506439142 ... ts+tea+set :shock:

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Re: Gong fu tea pets, tea mascots, etc... spider feet?

by Teaism » Feb 25th, '13, 08:55

Haha nice and cute. They are seen quite often on the tea boat and showered with tea to be seasoned to a nice patina. :D

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Re: Gong fu tea pets, tea mascots, etc... spider feet?

by BioHorn » Feb 25th, '13, 11:16

gasninja wrote:And for those of us that demand something tasteful and elegant that speaks to a certain degree sophistication in the owner there is always the classic
http://www.12got.com/product/1506439142 ... ts+tea+set :shock:
Chua threw one of these in with an order a year or so ago. It has incredible range. Probably threw a fine mist 4-5 feet!

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