water dropper

water dropper

19th century
Country
Korea
water dropper
ceramic with underglaze cobalt blue and copper red
Gift of Fay S. Carter
1971.20
. water dropper. 19th century. ceramic with underglaze cobalt blue and copper red. Gift of Fay S. Carter. 1971.20.
Dimensions
height: 6.25 in, 15.8750 cm; diameter: 5.5 in, 13.9700 cm
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian
Water Dropper in the Shape of a Peach Korea 1800s, Joseon dynasty Porcelain with underglaze blue and red decoration Gift of Fay Shwayder 1971.20 In an age of great scholarly activity, many accessories were made for the use of Joseon calligraphers and painters. Water was required to mix ink on an inkstone, and potters indulged their imagination and creative ingenuity to make water droppers in a variety of decorative designs and forms. This dropper, in the form of a peach, is decorated with a blue leaf on each side and a twig coiling around the base, and is somewhat larger than most other water droppers of the period. The peach is a symbol of immortality borrowed from Chinese Daoism.
Known Provenance
At least 1971, Arthur Jolliffe [b. 1905, d. 1984], Jolliffe's Oriental; at least 1971, Fay S. Carter; 1971, DAM collection, gift of Fay Carter.

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