Water-dropper (calligraphy)

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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.

Water-droppers may be made of copper, jade and stone or ceramic. A water-dropper has two small holes for water and air, it is designed so that only a few drops of water can fall at one time.[1]

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
  1. ^ suiteki 水滴 (English); aisf.or.jp, consulted on: 2012-12-31