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Fortune telling tea-cup

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Tasseography – from the French tasse (cup) and Greek graph (writing) – is a form of divination that interprets the sediment in cups, usually left by tea leaves. The first European accounts of this method of divination appeared in the 17th century, following the introduction of tea from China. This cup was made in England in the 1930s. Inside are symbols to help interpret the leaves. A legend runs around the rim: ‘Many curious things I see when telling fortunes in your tea.’
Fortune-telling cup and saucer made by Paragon
Stoke-on-Trent, c. 1932–39

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  • Title: Fortune telling tea-cup
  • Date Created: c. 1932–39
  • Location: The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
  • Location Created: Stoke-on-Trent
  • Original Source: The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle, 1398
  • Rights: Copyright The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

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