The Chinese scholar, Lu Yu, who was born in A.D. 733, is the author of the world's first monograph on tea, the Chajing or Classic of Tea. While his contemporaries mixed green onions, ginger, dates, orange peel and peppermint with their tea, Lu Yu urged for the drinking of tea on its own.
Lu Yu also likened Yue wares to precious jade. He ranked them number one in order of preference for use when drinking tea, because they enhanced appreciation of the tea's light yellow color.
Chinese Yue Stoneware Bowl, Tang Dynasty (618-906), The British Museum, London
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