Water Dropper

Artist/maker unknown, Korean

Made in Korea, Asia

19th century

Porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue, iron oxide brown, and copper red decoration

4 5/8 x 2 15/16 inches (11.7 x 7.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 237, Asian Art, second floor

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Bequest of Colonel Stephen McCormick, 2003

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A water dropper was an essential utensil for a literati man of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). It was used to add water, by small drops, to an inkstone while grinding an ink stick. This example is unusually accentuated with cobalt blue, iron oxide brown, and copper red pigments under the glaze.

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