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.

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


Height: 11.200 cm

Museum number

Asia OA 1913.10-7.3



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