Longquan stoneware octagonal inkstone with eight feet. The inkstone has translucent grey-green glaze. There is one of the Eight Trigrams in relief on each of the eight sides, and an unglazed circular panel on the top surrounded by a glazed trough. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Longquan (area)
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area)
- Height: 40 millimetres
- Diameter: 135 millimetres
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationHongwu wu nian
Inscription TranslationFifth year of Hongwu
Published PDF date : Ming Honwu 1372 ADRoom 95 label text:
Ink stone with inscription
This celadon glazed octagonal ink stone stands on eight feet. On each side is one of the 八卦 (ba gua ‘Eight Trigrams’) in relief. These are arguably the most familiar symbols associated with Daoism. Trigrams which are made up of combinations of three broken and unbroken parallel lines, are the basis for the 64 hexagrams of the 已經 (Yi Jing Book of Changes). The eight trigrams can be doubled up to create 64 hexagrams which are in turn interpreted to make sense of the world, its history and its future. Unbroken trigram lines are considered to represent the masculine陽 (yang) element and broken lines the feminine 陰 (yin) element. On the base there is an incised four-character inscription beneath the glaze which reads 洪武五年(Hongwu wu nian ‘Fifth year of Hongwu’ [AD 1372]).
Stoneware, porcelain-type, with celadon glaze
Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 龍泉地區
Ming, Hongwu reign, dated equivalent to AD 1372
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Object reference number: RRC38678
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