Subject:Re: Chinese mortar
Posted By: mikeoz Sun, Dec 01, 2019
This is a tea grinder. During the Tang dynasty, the custom was to grind the dried tea leaves to a fine powder in a mill like this. The powder would then be mixed with boiling water and 'beaten' with a wooden stick to thoroughly mx the powder in the water.
Among the literati, there were serious competitions in the art of 'beating' the tea.
This process and system is the origin of the Japanese tea ceremony, which uses finely powdered green tea, which is 'beaten' with a delicately carved bamboo whisk.