Last Saturday, I have exchanged the tetsubin I bought for this 'Dragon' tetsubin. I hesitated a lot with the 'owl' tetsubin (seen in a previous post). But this one looked even older, more antique (even though it's new). I'm sure it will give me not only excellent water, but also will look great with my tea sets.
Now, why is called dragon? On this first picture, the engraving represents the head of the dragon:And on the other side you can see the dragon's tail!
What I find amazing is how the maker could make this iron look so old. It looks as if it were a 1000 years old archeological find. The seller told me that I can raise ('yang') this teapot -like an Yixing teapot-. The older, the more beautiful. One way to do so is to rub it with a raw potatoe!
Here is a preview of how it looks when I combine it with a small Xishi zisha teapot from Yixing and Qing dynasty wine cups. It looks almost like a time machine! Add some fuel: boiling water on tea and off I will be!
A big 'thank you' for my wife: she paid for the price difference with the previous tetsubin, as a Chrismas gift!