Thu 30th March: ‘Opening Pandora’s Tea box’, a lecture by Dr Yupin Chung

The Club is very please to welcome back Dr Yupin Chung, Curator of Chinese and Far Eastern Civilisations at Glasgow Museums as a connoisseur of tea to explore the significance of tea caddies across past Chinese and Japanese societies

Originally used as spice jars, these small containers were used by the Japanese tea masters particularly to store matcha green tea powder. They were employed as part of a set of tea-ceremony utensils. There were more than ten different types of these tea caddies imported from China to Japan during the 12th-14th centuries. In the 16th century, when the Japanese-made tea powder, caddies became very fashionable and were produced throughout the country. We are accustomed to the tea caddy as a box or container used to store tea. But how much do you know about its origins?  Yupin will open Pandora’s box and explain.

Thursday 30th March 2023, 5:30pm for 6:00pm commencement