Chinese Water Dropper – Qing Dynasty


A water dropper was used by a calligrapher or painter who used colors as a medium to make liquid inks. Through a delicate spout in the dropper small amounts of water were dispensed on a solid block of ink to liquify it. Many of the droppers like this one come in the shapes of mythical animals.

3.25″ long 1.25″ wide 1.75″ tall, porcelain in an off-white colored glaze, China (Qing Dynasty), late 1800s