Brick Tea Money at the Smithsonian
During our recent trip to the US, we stopped at the Smithsonian American History Museum in Washington, DC.
One of the mini exhibits there was a meditation on money called Stories on Money that “demonstrates the interplay among people, money and history, from the earliest times to the present day.”
One of the examples of unconventional currency types used throughout history is Brick Tea Money from 19th Century Chinese Turkistan (present day Xinjiang province and neighboring regions) pictured above.
Tea bricks as pictured above is one of China’s ancient tea processing traditions that continues today most commonly with Pu’er tea.
As we have discussed earlier here, pu’er tea discs and bricks were highly prized treasures traded along the Ancient Tea Horse Road.
Cool to see different historical uses of Chinese tea at the Smithsonian Institution in the US!
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Today Siefl found out she can’t donate blood because she is .1 away from having the minimum amount of hemoglobin in her body :’(
Darn veggie diet did this to me.
Highfive! I am both under the minimum amount of hemoglobin (although more severely), AND under the minimum weight requirements.
Which I’m okay with, I guess. Because fuck needles.
Also tea consumption inhibits the absorption of non-heme iron.