19th century

Object

Country

Object Info

Object: water dropper
Currently on view
Object ID: 1971.20

Medium/Technique

ceramic with underglaze cobalt blue and copper red

Credit

Gift of Fay S. Carter

More Info

Dimensions

height: 6.25 in, 15.87 cm; diameter: 5.5 in, 13.97 cm

Department

Asian

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.

Extended Info

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.