A water-dropper (Japanese: 水滴 Hepburn: suiteki?, Chinese: 水滴; pinyin: shuǐdī) is a small device used in East Asian calligraphy. It's a container designed to hold a small amount of water. In order to make ink a few drops of water must be dropped onto the plain of the inkstone, by grinding an inkstick on the inkstone one can make ink. Due the grinding small particles comes off the inkstick and will mix with the water, these two components will form ink.
There are a few types of water-droppers.
|Type of water-dropper||Hanzi / Kanji||Pinyin||Rōmaji|
|Water-dropper with pouring spout and a handle||水注||shuǐzhù||suichuu|
|Water-droppers in diverse forms with large openings||水中丞||shuǐzhōngchéng||suichuujou|
|Jar-like water-droppers with large opening||水盂||shuǐyú||suiu|
|Frog shaped water-dropper||蟾蜍||chánchú||senjo|
- suiteki 水滴 (English); aisf.or.jp, consulted on: 2012-12-31