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An image of Water dropper moulded in the shape of a fish by

Korea

Title
Water dropper moulded in the shape of a fish
Place of origin
Korea
Period
Joseon dynasty 1392 - 1897 → Korea
Year
19th century
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
porcelain with monochrome blue glaze decoration
Dimensions

1.7 x 8.5 cm

Credit
Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1993
Accession number
341.1993
Location
Not on display
Further information

The simple waterdropper, essential to calligraphy writing and painting, is a form the Korean potters made their own. An amazing varied number of designs and forms were produced, from small pieces such as these to those requiring two hands to lift. Confucianism was the official state doctrine in the Choson dynasty, resulting in an educated class of scholars, known as 'sonbi', who did not yet hold official positions. Waterdroppers such as these were an essential accoutrement of 'sonbi' culture.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.186.

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 186 (colour illus.).