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The Story of Tea

Tea is said to have been discovered nearly 5,000 years ago by a Chinese Emperor.  Today, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water!  Together, let us explore the amazing story of tea. (To learn more about tea and the tea culture, please also check out our blog, "Tea Bits.")

 

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China

"Lu Yu Appraising Tea" by  Zhong Rurong, Fine Art Gallery, Hong Kong
 

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Europe

"A Family of Three at Tea," Attributed to Richard Collins, ca. 1727, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
 

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India

Indian Tea Set, 1880-1890, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
 

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Japan

Advertisement for Japan Tea with Image of Women Picking Tea Leaves, Late Meiji era - Showa era (20th Century), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
 

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Russia

Boris Kustodiev's "Merchant’s Wife at Tea," Russia, 1918
 

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Tibet

Tea Bowl, Ladakh (made), Mid 19th Century, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
 

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U.S.A.

“Lady at the Tea Table” by Mary Cassatt (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1844–1926 Le Mesnil-Théribus, Oise), 1883-85, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

 To learn more about tea and the tea culture, please check out our blog, "Tea Bits."