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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.
- Production date
Height: 39 millimetres
Width: 115 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Published PDF date : Ming early 17th century
Room 95 label text:
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
- On display (G95/dc27/sh9)
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