container (containers)

Porcelain water dropper used for mixing ink on writing table. It has a rectangular body with a curved spout and stands on four feet. Covered with a flat lid with three holes, which extend to three conical tubes underneath (4791aii). Decorated with bird perching on flowering branches painted in enamel on either of the wider side, a floral spray on top of the lid, gilding on mouth of the spout. Chinese inscriptions in grass script written with black enamel on back of the pot, and two Chinese characters in red enamel on front, 'xin', good fortune, and 'xiang', auspicious.

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