This ostrich egg on a wooden base is a reference to the cabinets of curiosity that emerged from the 16th century onwards. Because of the great voyages of discovery of that time, people came into contact with exotics, such as ostriches and ostrich eggs. Some were put up for display. Some examples were even mounted and modified into cups. A wonderful 16th century example can be found in the British museum.
The first records of tea imported into Europe from the Far East date to the second half of the 16th century. When the consumption of exotic drinks became widespread, a clear relationship arose with adapted containers, such as porcelain. The decorations were created in an interaction between the demand in the area of consumption and the producers in Asia. In this way, consumers ultimately formed their own ‘fictional’ image of Chinese culture. This product shows such a hybrid image of ‘Chinese’ representations.