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White porcelain water-dropper


Height: 11.200 cm

Asia OA 1913.10-7.3

Room 67: Korea

    White porcelain water-dropper

    From Korea
    Choson dynasty, 19th century AD

    A scholar's tool

    Scholarly pursuits were highly respected and encouraged during the Choson dynasty (1392-1910), under the official Neo-Confucianist ideology. As a result, many scholarly utensils were produced, such as brush pots, as well as decorations showing scholarly pursuits like chaekkori screen paintings.

    A water-dropper was used to dilute the cake of ink on the inkstone to the right consistency for use in painting or calligraphy ('beautiful writing').

    Water-droppers were made in white porcelain from the beginning of the Choson dynasty. This example was made in the nineteenth century, when large quantities were produced. The peach is a Daoist symbol of longevity.

    J. Portal, Korea - art and archaeology (London, The British Museum Press, 2000)


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