- Museum number
Rectangular porcelain ink-slab raised on a splayed plinth, with open-work sides, partly open-work top, unglazed central panel for holding water, and deeply recessed panel for holding water. There are lotus panels on the plinth, dragons chasing pearls over waves on each side, two dragons on the top, full-faced dragon in the water-pot section, and two dragons on the base. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.
- Production date
Height: 80 millimetres
Width: 221 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620
Room 95 label text:
Wucai ink stone
Potters decorated this openwork rectangular ink stone in a twice-fired technique called 五彩 (wucai ‘five colours’) composed of underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow, and green. There are lotus panels on the plinth, dragons chasing pearls over waves on each side, two dragons on the top, full-faced dragon in the water-pot section, and two dragons on the base. The base carries an underglaze blue Wanli reign mark. 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.
Porcelain with openwork, underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze wucai enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620
- On display (G95/dc27/sh3)
- Acquisition notes
- Margaret Medley 1978 records: From the John Love Collection.
PDF card: Acquired before 1934. John Love Collection.
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