Rabbit-shaped 3rd-century celadon dripper

Updated: Jan 29, 2023 Print
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Celadon dripper in the shape of a rabbit, Yue ware, Western Jin Dynasty, from the Zhejiang Provincial Museum [Photo/provided to]

In addition to the brush, ink, paper and ink stone, the dripper is regarded as the fifth treasure of a scholar’s study. It is used by scholars or artists to dilute the ink before they create ink works.

Here is a Yue ware celadon dripper, dating back to the Western Jin Dynasty (265-316). It is in the shape of a resting rabbit, with an opening on the back. The rabbit has two round eyes, two ears, one tail and four stout limbs. A small cup is held in its mouth as a spout.

The dripper is part of the permanent collection of the Zhejiang Provincial Museum.

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