charcoal basketDIA230xH120mm, China

This bamboo weaved basket is known as a Wu Fu, a basket for storing charcoal for brewing tea.  It use can be dated back to the “Book of Tea” by the Tang Dynasty scholar Gu yuan Qing.  The name Wu Fu is sophisticated way of refer to the charcoal basket, the word “wu” means black, dirt – which is the charcoal, the word “fu” is a grand mansion – the humble basket.