Pewter objects were not only used by civilians. Pewter items also were used in a religious context. These bowls for example, are depicted on The last supper by Leonardo da Vinci in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The mural was made between 1495 and 1498.
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.