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Purple grit tea pots with Han elements
2015-12-23

  It took Jiang Cheng, a provincial intangible cultural heritage inheritor, over three months to create a pair of purple grit tea pots. Recently, Jiang donated the tea pots, which are worth RMB 2 million, to the Hubei Provincial Museum.

  Jiang Cheng, 59, is a ceramics artist representative of the Hubei school. Over the years, he has received several national awards for his work. He founded the Hubei school of purple grit ceramics by adding Chu and Han elements to traditional Chinese tea pots.

  The tea pots are named

  "Chu Culture" and "Han Charm." Both resemble ancient Chinese seals in shape. Jiang explained that "Chu Culture" features peony flowers, which are symbols for the upbeat attitudes of the Chu people. "Han Charm" is distinguished by images of plum blossoms. "The plum blossom is the city flower of Wuhan. The unyielding nature of these winter flowers speaks to the spirit of the Wuhan people and the local culture and history."

  Couplets for Dragon King Temple written

  On December 10, it was announced that famous couplet writer Bai Zhishan has finished writing the couplets for the Dragon King Temple. These couplets will be the first and main couplets hung on the columns in the main hall.

  "The couplets, which look spectacular, describe Wuhan's history, culture, and landscape," said Zha Dongshan, a scholar who specializes in dragon culture.

  The Dragon King Temple in Hankou is about 2,000 years old. Qin Shihuang (259-210 BC), the first emperor of China, once visited the temple during his fifth eastern tour.

  "Chu Culture" and "Han Charm"