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Porcelain ink-slab with rounded sides, a well and an unglazed upper surface. There are two five-clawed dragons chasing a flaming pearl in underglaze blue on the sides. There is a mark on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 30 millimetres
- Width: 90 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn base
Inscription Content宣德 元年製
Inscription TransliterationXuande yuan nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the first year of the Xuande period [AD 1426].
Inscription CommentOn base, inscription 'Xuande yuan nian zhi' (made in the first year of the Xuande period [AD 1426])
Published PDF date : Ming early 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Ink stone with dragons
This ink-stone was used for preparing ink by holding a solid ink cake or stick and dissolving it into a liquid by slowly rubbing, or grinding, it against the smooth area of the stone moistened by water. As the grinding continues, more water is added and the liquid ink pools in the sunken channel of the stone. Ink-stones should be abrasive enough to grind the ink and smooth enough not to damage the fine hairs of the brush. This ink stone has an apocryphal inscription on the base which reads宣德元年製 (Xuande yuan nian zhi ‘made in the first year of the Xuande period [AD 1426]’)
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: Cf. Hsiang's Album, fig. 9....See the "Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society", 1931-2, p. 20 and pl. V.
Porcelain ink-slab with rounded sides, a well and an unglazed upper surface, decorated in underglaze blue. Two five-clawed dragons chasing a flaming pearl. Mark on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39009
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