Tag: Tea

The Qianlong Emperor and a Yellow Teacup

In the Tibet case in the ground floor gallery of MAA is a small yellow teacup, more Chinese than it is Tibetan. At one point in time, and in a certain place, it could have been very dangerous to drink from.

John Donegan-Cross

12 March 2024

Displaced Peoples, Displaced Things: Of Arrows, Bananas, Forests and Tea Plantations

Three bows and arrows from Northeast India tell a tangled tale of tea, indentured labour, migration, botany, and the exclusion of Indigenous Peoples from state-managed forest reserves. 

Mark Elliott

30 January 2024

A Ceremonial Cup of Tea

This post suggests an alternative reading of the life of a woman who lived in Tibet, Sikkim, and Bhutan, analysing it as an encounter between two different tea drinking cultures.

Aayushi Gupta

20 June 2023

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

Tea and the Margaret Williamson Collection

MAA looks after at least 280 objects from Tibet and its surrounding Himalayan states, and 6,000 photographs donated by Margaret Williamson. But who was she and how did she acquire these objects?

Aayushi Gupta

25 April 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

A sample of loose leaf ‘Russian tea’

A small sample of loose-leaf tea raises more questions than can be answered: is it Queen Mary tea or Russian? Was it produced in Britain, Russia, or as the catalogue record suggests, in Tibet?

Aayushi Gupta

21 March 2023

Dragons, Monk’s Caps, and Butter Tea: The Duomuhu

What can drinking vessels tell us about historical changes and relationships? I explore the trajectory of one such vessel, a 多穆壶 (duomuhu), and what it tells us about the politics of the Chinese Empire.

Rui En Pok (Rae)

7 March 2023

The Tea Horse Road: An Ancient Trade Route

Michael Freeman, photographer and author of the ‘Tea Horse Road: China’s Ancient Trade Road to Tibet’, explores the pressed tea bricks in MAA’s care and the longest trade route in the ancient world.

Michael Freeman

7 February 2023

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