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ink-stone

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.675

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30 millimetres
    • Width: 90 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        宣德 元年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Xuande yuan nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the first year of the Xuande period [AD 1426].
      • Inscription Comment

        On base, inscription 'Xuande yuan nian zhi' (made in the first year of the Xuande period [AD 1426])
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming early 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 675

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 115, pl. CXIV bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.29, no.675 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.43, no.675 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh10

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    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.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.675

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.

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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