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ink-stone

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.758

  • Description

    Porcelain ink slab and water receptacle in form of rectangular bowl with four-fifths unglazed for ink grinding. Sides roughly decorated in wucai style with greyish underglaze blue and overglaze enamels with flower sprays on long sides and sketched emblems on short sides. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1600-1644
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 39 millimetres
    • Width: 115 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character Hongwu mark in red enamel on the base
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A758

    Ink stone with flowers


    The writer holds a solid ink cake or stick and dissolves it into a liquid by slowly rubbing or grinding it against the smooth area of the ink 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. Potters added an apocryphal Hongwu (AD 1368–98) reign mark in red enamel to the base.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about, AD 1600–44

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.42, no.129 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.67, no.A758 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case27/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.758

Porcelain ink slab and water receptacle in form of rectangular bowl with four-fifths unglazed for ink grinding. Sides roughly decorated in wucai style with greyish underglaze blue and overglaze enamels with flower sprays on long sides and sketched emblems on short sides. Mark on base.

Porcelain ink slab and water receptacle in form of rectangular bowl with four-fifths unglazed for ink grinding. Sides roughly decorated in wucai style with greyish underglaze blue and overglaze enamels with flower sprays on long sides and sketched emblems on short sides. Mark on base.

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