Tea brick made by the Zhao Liqiao Tea Brick Factory

Made by Zhao Liqiao in China, 1912-1920.

Tea bricks are blocks of whole or finely ground tea leaves that have been pressed into moulds to form a solid block. Tea bricks could be made into beverages or eaten as food, and their hardy nature and multiplicity of use saw them traded and used as a form of currency in China, Tibet and Central Asia. The nomads of Siberia and Mongolia used brick tea as currency until World War II. Brick tea was the most commonly produced and used form of tea in ancient China prior to the Ming dynasty (1644-1911...

Summary

2007/11/1
Tea brick, made by the Zhao Liqiao Tea Brick Factory, China, 1912-1920

Dark brown rectangular flat block or tablet compressed with relief designs of Nationalist (post 1911) stars, and celebratory architectural structure known as a 'pailou' flanked by vegetation with Chinese text below:

Zhongguo Cha ye gongso (China Tea Company) / Zhao Liqiao zhuan cha chang zhizao (Made by Zhao Liqiao Tea Brick Factory).

Dimensions

180 mm
23 mm

Production

Zhongguo Cha ye gongso (China Tea Company) / Zhao Liqiao zhuan cha chang zhizao (Made by Zhao Liqiao Tea Brick Factory). It was made 1912-1920.
Zhao Liqiao 1912-1920

Source

Gift of Narelle Jubelin, 2007

Cite this Object

Tea brick made by the Zhao Liqiao Tea Brick Factory 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 March 2017, <https://ma.as/363008>
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