This tea tray is made with antique clay glaze, which gives it a smooth and lustrous surface, as well as a thick and sturdy body, evoking a sense of ancient elegance, tranquillity, and warmth. The hand-painted strokes are lively and natural, depicting the bamboo forest and rocks with lifelike accuracy.
The Chinese bamboo forest and rocks have profound symbolic meanings in culture and art. The bamboo forest symbolizes resilience and humility. Bamboo is known for its strong vitality and flexible nature, able to withstand harsh winters and remain upright. This characteristic has made bamboo a symbol of traditional virtues in China, including perseverance, resilience in adversity, and modesty. Additionally, the bamboo forest is often seen as a place of seclusion, representing the pursuit of inner freedom and tranquillity. Rocks, on the other hand, symbolize stability and steadfastness. In Chinese art, rocks are frequently depicted as rugged, majestic, and serene. They represent the eternal and unchanging aspects of the natural world, as well as the values of determination and stability that people strive for in life. Rocks are also seen as symbols of wisdom and longevity, standing tall and unwavering despite the passage of time.
Furthermore, the tea tray is crafted using the overglaze colour painting craft, which produces pure, vibrant, and full colours. Since tea tray is hand-painted by an artist, every piece is unique and machine-printed decals cannot compare with.