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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.273

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1100
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 35 millimetres
    • Depth: 151 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        元符三年仲秋佳製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Yuan Fu san nian zhong qiu jia zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Beautifully made in mid-autumn of the third lunar year of Yuan Fu’ [equivalent to AD1100]
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : AD 1100Room 95 label text:

    PDF 273

    Ink-stone


    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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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1977 p.13, no.17 bibliographic details
    • Riddell 1979 p.30, no.5 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.45, no.273 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case2/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.273

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.

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