East Asia, Korea, Joseon Dynasty, ca. 19th century CE. A charming porcelain water dropper in the form of a Korean melon, a golden-colored fruit cultivated in eastern Asia. In Korea, the fruit was - and still is - considered the symbol of the summer. This example has a tiny spout and a nicely incised and colored form. Scholars during the Joseon Dynasty used water stoppers to wet inkstones to grind ink sticks, using the water to make the ink flow more readily. In the 19th century, fancifully shaped water droppers like these became fashionable. Size: 3.25" W x 2.35" H (8.3 cm x 6 cm)
Provenance: private California, USA collection, acquired over fifteen years ago
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Intact, with light deposits on surface. Signs of wear commensurate with age and handling, with nice preservation of details.