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  • Water dropper in the shape of a fish, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), late 19th century
    Korea
    Porcelain painted with underglaze cobalt blue; H. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm), Diam. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
    Gift of Kang Collection, 2003 (2003.549)

    Porcelain water droppers, part of the Joseon scholar's writing instruments (Brush holder, 11.142.1), were often shaped in whimsical forms. Besides fish (probably carp), fruits like peach, animals like the frog and turtle, and mountains were popular organic forms for the water dropper. Some are undecorated, but many are painted with cobalt blue either in part or whole, as is the case with this piece. Water from the droppers was used for grinding the ink stone to make ink.

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  • Water dropper in the shape of a fish, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), late 19th century
    Korea
    Porcelain painted with underglaze cobalt blue; H. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm), Diam. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
    Gift of Kang Collection, 2003 (2003.549)

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