Tea Pets

A tea pet or tea lover's pet, also known as tea friend, is a small clay figure which is kept by some tea drinkers for good luck. They are usually made of "zisha" or Yixing clay, from the region near Yixing in Jiangsu province, China. Just like Yixing teapots made of the same clay, tea pets are unglazed, and are mostly monochromatic with a rough surface.