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ink-stone

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.661

  • Description

    Circular porcelain ink-slab with a disc in the centre surrounded by a grooved border, and a recessed circular area on base. The ink-slab has an unglazed disc in the centre. There are separated flower sprays on the border on the upper side, and separated prunus and chrysanthemum sprays on the underside around the flattened ring. There is an inscription in the centre of the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1671
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30 millimetres
    • Diameter: 197 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        seal script
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Translation

        I take home a stone, but it is like I have the entire ocean tucked into my sleeve; It has served me as an ink stone for a thousand years; Transformed in the potter’s kiln, it is round and bright like the moon, In it I put my ink and drive my brush, the task is effortless and the accomplishment doubled; having made this literary encounter I achieve great ease. Autumn of the xinhai year [AD 1671], inscribed by the jushi [scholar] Yi’an.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi AD1671Room 95 label text:

    PDF 661

    Ink stone with inscription


    The forty-eight character inscription in underglaze blue on the base has been translated: ‘I take home a stone, but it is like I have the entire ocean tucked into my sleeve; It has served me as an ink stone for a thousand years; Transformed in the potter’s kiln, it is round and bright like the moon, In it I put my ink and drive my brush, the task is effortless and the accomplishment doubled; having made this literary encounter I achieve great ease. Autumn of the xinhai year [AD 1671], inscribed by the jushi [scholar] Yi’an.’ Yi’an was the alias of Xiang Wenhuan.


    Porcelain decorated in underglaze cobalt blue
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, dated equivalent to AD 1671

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 133, pl. CXXXII(b) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.26, no.661, pl.III bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.38, no.661 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.83, no.83 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 124-125, no. 53 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 72-73, no.26 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.661

Circular porcelain ink-slab with an unglazed disc in the centre, surrounded by a grooved border; recessed circular area on base. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Separated prunus and chrysanthemum sprays on the underside around the flattened ring and an inscription in the centre. Separated flower sprays around the unglazed areas on the upper side.

Circular porcelain ink-slab with an unglazed disc in the centre, surrounded by a grooved border; recessed circular area on base. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Separated prunus and chrysanthemum sprays on the underside around the flattened ring and an inscription in the centre. Separated flower sprays around the unglazed areas on the upper side.

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