A water dropper is a small container used by calligraphers in East Asian countries to make ink. It is designed so that only a few drops of water can fall at one time. The calligrapher adds water to the surface of an inkstone, grinds an inkstick into the water, causing particles to come off and mix with the water forming ink. Water droppers varied greatly in material, shape, and design. Some were made of copper, ceramic, jade, or other stone.

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