Sipping from ‘chicken cup’ causes Internet flurry
A centuries-old doucai “chicken cup” became a hot topic on the Internet when Shanghai billionaire Liu Yiqian took a sip of tea from the relic that he bought for $36 million.
Photos of Liu emerged after he had traveled to Hong Kong to collect the porcelain cup he purchased at a Sotheby’s auction in April. Before the cup’s transfer on July 18, Liu paid the bill by credit card, swiping the card 24 times with each pass deducting $1.5 million from his account.
“The cup carries too many stories and when I got it in my hand, I just poured some tea inside and drank it up without even wiping it,” Liu Yiqian told the press. “I just couldn’t help myself.”
When Liu was shown drinking from the cup, some netizens went on the Internet and said it was inappropriate and disrespectful to the relic.
Not everyone agreed. A porcelain specialist from Sichuan said, “There are cheap porcelains and expensive ones, but they are all for people to use. Liu has well appreciated the original function of the chicken cup by actually drinking tea.” (Photo 5)