Skip Navigation

Water Dropper

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
Yue wares are named after the southern Chinese region in which they were made, a part of Zhejiang province known at the time as Yue. They were used at the imperial court and also sent from the south as tribute goods. Tortoise-shape water droppers or brush washers for calligraphy were first made in the Eastern Han dynasty (25–220 C.E.), although the Yue kilns began making them as early as the second century B.C.E. Yue ware was used domestically as well as traded, particularly from the eighth to eleventh century. Examples have been found as far away as Iraq and Africa, evidence of this vibrant trade.
MEDIUM Stoneware with Yue ware green glaze
  • Place Made: China
  • DATES 3rd-4th century
    DYNASTY Western Jin Dynasty
    PERIOD Western Jin Dynasty
    DIMENSIONS 2 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (5.7 x 12.1 x 9.5 cm)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
    EXHIBITIONS
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2004.82.3
    CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift
    RECORD COMPLETENESS
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.