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Water dropper (yônjôk)

Water dropper (yônjôk)

  • Place of origin:

    Korea (made)

  • Date:

    1750-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, thrown, carved, painted, glazed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case L, shelf 2

Before writing with a brush and ink, people in East Asia regularly mix ink in a dish. They drop water in small quantities on to a cake of ink, and enjoy holding and looking at a water dropper that mimics another object, such as a house or a fish or an animal . This water dropper is modelled to resemble a peach with a deep cleft. Its copper-red and cobalt-blue painted decoration make it a colourful, pleasing object.

Physical description

The waterdropper takes the form of a peach, including branch and stem. The leaves are painted blue, the stems and other parts touched with brown. It has holes at the top and sides.

Place of Origin

Korea (made)


1750-1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, thrown, carved, painted, glazed


Height: 9.5 cm

Descriptive line

Water dropper (yônjôk) in the form of a peach, porcelain, painted in blue and brown, Korea, Choson dynasty, 1750-1850




Blue and white and brown; Thrown; Carved; Glazed

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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