Ring depicting the Phaistos disc, an archaeological find made on the Greek island of Crete in 1908. It is believed to date from 1700 to 1600 BC. and to be related to the Minoan civilization. The disk has not yet been deciphered.
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.