Traditional Chinese porcelain cups do not have handles. It is not entirely correct to say that Chinese cups do not have handles. As early as the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period, there were also a few bronze vessels with handles in China, but they did not become the mainstream..
The cup is mainly used for drinking water, water after high temperature disinfection is more beneficial to health, tea and other drinks with hot water will be more taste. Drinking hot water is a habit both at home and abroad, but the traditional Chinese porcelain cup has no handle. Aren’t our ancestors afraid of being hot?
Take the covered bowl, for example, not only has no handle, but also has a tray that gets in the way, plus a three-piece cover… Just imagine, a person is carrying hot water with a covered bowl. After a mouthful of hot water, it is not easy to hold it in his hand. Porcelainware is fragile. Drinking hot water from a tureen is like walking a tightrope.
Perhaps the ancients liked to play with technology. It was not until modern times that they began to use cups with handles. The first cups with handles were called mugs by Chinese people.In modern times, a large group of people had meetings. At first, they drank water with a covered bowl. The covered bowl could not hold much water, not to mention the hot water. Then people came up with the mug, a mug with a handle.
Mugs listen to the name of a bit of Europe and the United States, but it is not a Western product, the origin of the earliest mugs in China. When Chinese porcelain was introduced to Europe in the 17th century, it quickly captured the hearts of local people. Europeans like to drink hot coffee and milk, so they need a mug with a handle. The traditional Chinese style mug makes Europeans hot!
In the middle of the 18th century, in order to meet the needs of the Europeans, China developed the mug, which solved the hot problem of the Europeans. After modern times, mugs returned to China. In modern society, people can see the mugs with handles no matter they are at home or in office.
When it comes to the cup with the handle, the older generation is more familiar with the tea jar. The tea VAT is made of enamel material and has the characteristics of large volume. In a very long period of time, tea vats are not only used for drinking water and drinking tea, but also used to serve rice. Arrived in modern society, tea VAT still did not exit historical stage, can see in each big supermarket and network mall. Few people may serve rice these days, and occasional instant noodles are fine.
In addition to mugs and tea vugs, there is another type of cup called Jinju Cup in China. It is designed by master Qin Xilin from Jingdezhen and painted with glaze color by Yuan Shihu. The full name of the Jinju Cup is Orchid Peony Jinju Cover Cup. Because Nixon visited China in 1972, this cup was used as the porcelain for the reception of the head of state, and was deeply loved by Nixon, so it was also called Nixon Cup.
In a sense, the Nixon Cup has promoted the communication between China and foreign countries, and the appearance of the belt cup was also the product of the communication between China and foreign countries. What does this show? The cup with the handle created by both Chinese and Western is really good.