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Yixing Zisha Zhu Clay Mini Mantan Teapot (80ml)


This teapot is handmade using zisha Zhu Clay ( 朱泥 ).The body of the Mantan pot is  slimmer, tightened and slightly higher than the Xishi pot. If Xishi is described as an oriental beauty, then Mantan is like a chinese scholar. This Zhu clay mantan is high fired at 1040-1060 degree Cel. This is the smallest yixing pot in our collection , its small volumn makes it perfect for solo tea session.


"Red" is the classic color of the Chinese. In ancient times, it was called "Zhu". It is a noble and elegant color.  Zhu Clay is a delicate and smooth which has fascinated countless pot lovers. Zhu Clay is actually a kind of red clay but with higher density and is produced from the bottom layer of clay soil. The minerals are mostly white, light yellow and golden yellow. After firing, It is like cinnabar, crimson red, hence regarded as Zhu clay.


The biggest difference between Zhu Clay and other purple sand mud is that it has higher clay to sand ratio which makes the pots having small pores, and relatively lower gas permeability, which is very effective for retaining aroma (good with highly fragrant teas: oolongs / raw puerhs). The shrinkage rate of drying and firing is large. The overall shrinkage ratio can reach about 25%, and the ratio of firing shrinkage is very easy to deform. Therefore, Zhu Mu has been mostly used for small pots.


This teapot holds approximately 80ml (+/- 5ml) and features a ball filter and tight-fitting lid. The walls of this teapot are relatively thin, but it allows for a very stable and comfortable hand feel that has to be experienced to fully appreciate.


Zisha (‘purple sand’) describes the reddish-brown color of the sedimentary soil which settled in ancient lakes and is now buried deep underground. The clay is compressed under heavy sedimentary rock formations throughout the Yixing region, southwest of Shanghai, in China’s Jiangsu province. Huanglong Mountain near Dingshu township has been the source of high quality purple clay ore for centuries. The mountain itself is rather ordinary – neither grand or pretty – but it is 350 million years old.

These teapots are prized because their unglazed surfaces absorb traces of the beverage and develop a patina, which enhances the taste, color and aroma of fine tea.

Yixing Zisha Zhu Clay Mini Mantan Teapot (80ml)

$170.00 Regular Price
$153.00Sale Price
  • Material : Zisha Clay ( Zhu Clay : 朱泥 )

    Volumn : 80 ml


    Length: 12 cm
    Width: 9 cm 
    Height: 5.5 cm 


    Teas to Match : Light / Heavy roasted Oolongs , Raw & Ripe Puerh , Black Teas


    Artist : Local Artist in Yixing


    Certificate : Nil


    Date of Creation : 2018


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