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Water Dropper: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Cast in the form of a hoofed mythical animal, this container held water for making ink. A finger hole is positioned on the back with the outlet hole located in the mouth. By covering the finger hold, a controlled amount of water could be sprinkled onto the inkstone for the grinding of ink. The creature probably represents a chi-lin, an auspicious mythological animal of good omen whose appearance at the imperial court was a sign of heavenly favor.
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Type: Commentary, Gallery Label - Current
Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: November 21, 2009