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Yue stoneware rectangular ink-stone with straight sides. The ink-stone has thick grey green glaze, except on upper surface and rim of base. There are parallel lines and an inscription incised on the base.
- Made in: Shanglinhu
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Shanglinhu)
- Height: 35 millimetres
- Depth: 151 millimetres
Inscription TransliterationYuan Fu san nian zhong qiu jia zhi
Inscription TranslationBeautifully made in mid-autumn of the third lunar year of Yuan Fu’ [equivalent to AD1100]
Published PDF date : AD 1100Room 95 label text:
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 part 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 example is incised on the base 元符三年仲秋佳製(Yuan Fu san nian zhong qiu jia zhi ‘ Beautifully made in mid-autumn of the third lunar year of Yuan Fu’ [equivalent to AD1100]).
Stoneware with incised lines and inscription and a dull-olive green glaze
Yue ware 越窯
Shanglinhu kilns, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 上林湖窯
Northern Song dynasty, dated equivalent to AD 1100
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Object reference number: RRC38690
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