Ring-shaped water dropper, Porcelain, Korea

백자 고리 모양 연적 조선
白磁環形硯滴 朝鮮
Ring-shaped water dropper

Period:
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
Korea
Medium:
Porcelain
Dimensions:
Diam. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Heakyum Kim, 2004
Accession Number:
2004.554
Not on view
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.
Heakyum Kim , New York (until 2004; donated to MMA)
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