Working peanut kernel-sized teapot surfaces in Taiwan

Wed Aug 5, 2009 12:25am EDT
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TAIPEI (Reuters Life!) - A working clay teapot the size of a peanut kernel and small enough to balance on a fingertip has surfaced in Taiwan for a rare public display, the collector said on Wednesday.

The black pot, made in China probably decades ago, can brew tea but was never used except at a show last year, said Wang Fung-ming, a collector in the Taiwan city of Taichung, where the oddity will be shown through early September.

"When it was used last year at a performance, we needed a hair to get water through the spout," Wang said. "Of course, you can only use about one tea leaf.

"Is it the world's smallest? I don't dare say," he said.

The pot belongs to a collection of about 400 other small tea implements from China and Taiwan, some made of jade or wood and only a tad bigger. They are on display at a city exhibition hall in Taichung.

(Reporting by Ralph Jennings; Editing by Sugita Katyal)