A tea pet is a small clay figure which is kept by tea drinkers for good luck. They are usually made of unglazed ceramic, and represent zodiac animals or Chinese mythical creatures. Tea lovers raise their tea pet by placing it on the tray during tea time and pouring some leftover tea over it, then softly wiping it with a tea brush so as to let their pet absorb the tea evenly. Different animals symbolize good luck, fortune, or happiness.
This tea pet measures about 4.5 x 3 x 2 cm.