Tag: Brick Tea

A Tea Brick from Fuzhou

Of all the tea bricks at MAA, only one is embossed with the image of a dragon. What are the multiple meanings of this important Chinese symbol in this context, and what is its relationship to the tea brick?

Shuzhen Kong (Ellen)

30 May 2023

Lady Schuster’s Tibetan Tea

A collection was donated to MAA in 1947 by a Lady Schuster. But nothing is known about her nor the contexts in which her collection of tea objects was assembled. Who was she?

Mark Elliott

11 April 2023

Brick Tea as a Form of Currency

In a previous blog post on this object, I pursued one of the clues found on its label to show that it was a product of the Russian brick tea trade in China. In this one, we look at how it functioned as currency.

Aayushi Gupta

20 December 2022

A Tea Brick Destined for Tibet

Ever tried to guess the flavour of tea just from looking at leaves or bricks, and without brewing them? Or even just from photographs of them? Come explore one example from the collections at MAA with me.

Shuzhen Kong (Ellen)

6 December 2022

Russian Brick Tea Trade in Hankou, China

An encounter with a Russian monogram on a tea brick from China leads to a wider exploration of the industrial production of tea bricks by Russian factories in Hankou, and their transnational trade.

Aayushi Gupta

6 December 2022

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