The tea ghost is not only a beautiful decorative element on the shelf or tea sea, but also represents a certain tradition, sacrifice and companionship in tea making. These figurines, which are made from yixing clay, are poured over with tea during the Chinese tea ceremony - this not only pays respect to the old masters, but also takes care of the tea figurine itself. Yixing pottery is exceptional in that it is very porous and absorbs the tea poured over it. Over time, the tea ghost (or teapot, or any other utensil made of this material) becomes shinier, smoother and more pleasing to the touch.
Tea ghosts are most commonly made in the form of the tea master Lu Yu, Buddha, mystical animals such as the three-legged frog, phoenix, or other pleasing motifs. There is certainly something for everyone.