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.
Place where the work was made
Joseon dynasty 1392 - 1897 → Korea
porcelain with copper red monochrome glaze
3.7 x 8.7 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1993
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
Beyond Words: Calligraphic Traditions of Asia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Aug 2016–30 Apr 2017
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 186 (colour illus.).