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water-dropper

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.289

  • Description

    Yue stoneware water-dropper in the form of a toad with an open mouth. the water-dropper has greenish-grey glaze. There is an impressed and incised naturalistic texture on body. There is an aperture in the back for filling.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 265-316
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 54 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Western Jin dynasty late 3rd -early 4th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 289

    Toad shaped water-dropper


    The area around Shaoxing, south of the bay of Hangzhou, was known as the state of Yue from the Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). Stonewares made in this region of today’s northern Zhejiang province are characterised by a dark clay body and thin yellowish-green or olive-green glaze. Potters achieved this glaze colour by using a mixture of wood ash and clay. They then fired these wares in ‘dragon kilns’ which were built following the natural undulating curves of the hillsides. This water dropper was made in this part of today’s northern Zhejiang province. Originally the mythical beast may have held a small ear cup in its paws which has now broken off. The water dropper was probably used by a literate man for adding water to ink for calligraphy.


    Stoneware with impressed and incised decoration and pale olive-green glaze
    Yue ware 越窯
    Shanglinhu kilns, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 上林湖窯
    Western Jin dynasty, AD 265–316

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1974 p.5, no.289 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.51, no.289 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.9, no.3 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case2/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.289

Yue stoneware water-dropper in the form of a toad with an open mouth. the water-dropper has greenish-grey glaze. There is an impressed and incised naturalistic texture on body. There is an aperture in the back for filling.

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