Chinese Ming Frog Water Dropper - 15th Century - For Sale
Chinese Ming Frog Water Dropper - 15th Century
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An unusual pottery water dropper (scholar's object) in the form of a three-legged frog. The frog has a sansai glaze of a basic straw-colored glaze with drippings of yellow and green glazes. This water dropper was made with a hole in its back for placing the thumb to regulate the flow of water from its mouth. In Chinese mythology the three-legged frog usually lives on the moon and brings good fortune.
Period: Early Ming (15th Century)
Size: Length = 19 cm (7-1/2 inches), Height = 11 cm (4-1/4 inches)
Condition: Very good. Normal age wear. A minor ding on its left side - probably a kiln ding. This piece was taken to a Sotheby's consulting group in Malaysia 12 years ago and was confirmed to be early Ming.