The Guywan (Chinese Covered Cup) has been used in China since about 1350.
It is a brewing vessel and drinking cup in one, consisting of saucer, bowl, and lid that all function together.
The lid is used to stir the tea, serves as a filter holding back the leaves when you sip, and covers the cup and keeps the liquor warm. You keep sipping and adding water as long as the leaves yield flavor. With a high quality green tea, you should be able to brew three cups.
There is a Chinese saying that the first cup is most fragrant, the second sweetest, and the third strongest.
There is a wonderful article on the Guywan at the Atlantic if you interested in further reading.
This is my modern version of the Guywan.
I found it at World Market.
I had to have the mug with the dragons ... of course!
Complete with infuser.
It makes a fine cup of tea.
Be sure to visit all the tea parties and see the teacups on parade!
Wishing you well and a JOY filled week!