A teacup is a small cup, typically without a handle, in which tea is served. It is often accompanied by a saucer, on which it rests. Teacups are usually made of porcelain, bone china or ceramic, and are decorated with a wide variety of designs. The word 'teacup' is often used colloquially to refer to a small cup of tea, even if it is not actually a teacup. The first teacups were made in China, during the Tang dynasty (618-907 CE). They were made of porcelain and were often decorated with intricate designs. Teacups were introduced to Europe in the 17th century, where they quickly became popular. Teacups have been used in a variety of ways over the years. They have been used as political symbols, as well as being associated with a number of famous people, including Queen Victoria, Oscar Wilde and Lewis Carroll. Today, teacups are still popular, and can be found in homes and cafes all over the world.