This teapot has a cylindrical body divided into eight vertical lobes, each pierced with bamboo leaves. The curved spout and loop handle are segmented to simulate bamboo stems, with a similarly decorated domed cover. The warm brown tone is the result of the low sand content of the clay, which comes from Yixing in Jiangsu province, eastern China.The Yixing kilns are known to have produced high quality ceramics, particularly teapots, from as early as the 16th century. The teapots are not usually glazed, but burnished and fired, as with this example. Yixing wares were popular domestically and abroad, but the elaborate openwork bamboo design of this piece is more likely to have appealed to Westerners; many European orders of similar pieces are recorded in the Dutch East Indies register of 1643.