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Tea brick – China – second half 20th century

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Tea brick – China – second half 20th century

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Good condition, with a wonderful scent, see description.

Old Chinese tea tile / tea brick, size 23.8 x 18.9 x 2.5 cm, weight is over 1175 grams, 20th century.

The brick has an image on both sides: on the front is a Chinese depiction and the reverse side is divided evenly into sixteen identical sections or portions, which all represent the same value/weight.
The tea brick was used as currency in remote areas of China and Tibet, up to around 1960.

Since the T'ang period (618-906, before our era), tea was transported on camels via different caravan-routes across land, and was pressed together into compact bricks for this purpose.
To make a tile like this, almost 2 kilos of tea had to be steamed, or ground, after which it was pressed between to stones, so a rock-hard, flat block was formed. Due to the density of the brick, the tea couldn't absorb any moisture, but it couldn't dry out either. Therefore these bricks could be kept for a very long time.
From the seventeenth century onwards, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) also started transporting the tea bricks by ship.

Method of preparation: The ground tea powder is boiled in water for 3-4 minutes, until it is a very strong brew. Of course this is undrinkable, therefore more boiling water, (yak) butter (milk) and salt/herbs are added.

The edges of this tile are slightly chipped, otherwise in good condition. Wonderful tea scent.

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Feedback score: 97.0%
Reviews given: 36
Member since: January 11, 2014
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    Boek heeft wel erg veel waterschade en bovendien op veel plekken wat schimmel! ( was niet vermeld ) Wel is de binding goed en is boek compleet

    crazycloudclimber October 20, 2017

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    Snelle levering, veilige verpakking en een prachtig kunstwerk. Hartelijk dank

    MJC2 May 16, 2017

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    very good, until next time

    rodnets January 4, 2017

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    Mooi origineel kavel, goed verpakt

    Travelboy41 January 4, 2017

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    Snelle levering! Object zoals beschreven..

    richpenn December 26, 2016

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