국립중앙박물관 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA

Highlights
White Porcelain Bamboo-shaped Water Dropper in Underglaze Copper
  • Exhibition Name

    Reed Instrument-shaped Water Dropper, White porcelain painted in underglaze copper-red

  • Culture/Period

    Joseon Dynasty

  • Materials

    Ceramics - White Porcelain

  • Category

    Housing - Daily Utensils - Stationary - ink-stone water

  • Dimensions

    H. 22.1cm, D. 12.1cm

  • Accession Number

    Deoksu 4312

  • Location

    Buncheong Ware and White Porcelain Gallery

This water dropper consists of a bamboo-shaped tube decorated in copper red, a body and spout decorated with cobalt blue, and white bands encircling the first joint of the bamboo tube and the upper portion of the body. The body contains an inscription consisting of four Chinese characters (萬壽無疆), which literally mean “ten thousand years of boundless longevity”. It also features a spout inspired by the mouthpiece of a saenghwang (a traditional Korean mouth organ). There is an air hole on the upper part at the opposite side of the body. It is widely regarded as a masterpiece among water droppers made during the Joseon period.