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白磁環形硯滴 朝鮮 Ring-shaped water dropper
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
Diam. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Gift of Heakyum Kim, 2004
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 233
To prepare ink for calligraphy or painting, a Joseon scholar might have used this instrument to drip water onto an inkstone for grinding an ink stick. Porcelain water droppers, often in whimsical shapes and with or without painted decoration, were fashionable during the nineteenth century.