A SMALL GILT-BRONZE ZOOMORPHIC WATERDROPPER
Cast in the form of a standing horned tortoise with upturned head and tail, the carapace formed by two cloud-shaped panels beneath the removeable stopper, the head, horns, body and stopper with extensive original gilding
3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) long
Compare an inlaid tortoise-form waterdropper of similar size and form, also dated to the 17th or 18th century, illustrated by M. Goedhuis, Chinese and Japanese Bronzes: AD 1100-1900, London, 1989, no. 38.