It just happens to be the birthday of the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, today so I’m rather pleased to have stumbled on this picture of a mosaicked teapot from Tibet. I don’t normally think about mosaics when I think about Tibetan art. Beautiful colourful sand mandalas usually come to mind. But I like these too. They are a great contrast.
Traditional Tibetan teapots, which are made by men, are molded out of mud and decorated with mosaics from pieces of broken dishes. The lid is made of metal. To make tea, water is boiled in a large kettle before the tea is added. Then the tea is put in the butter churn with butter, milk, and salt. In my family, we sometime just use butter and salt, along with milk powder. After churning the tea, it is put back in the teapot and is kept warm on the stove until it is needed.