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Writing tool: ink tablet


One black ink tablet in the form of a flattened square with a raised perimeter. Obverse presents trigram k'un (earth) in gold pigment bounded by a gold circle. Reverse presents stamped illustration of the Eighteen Luohan (personal disciples of the Buddha). Tablet exhibits vertical fracture. Obverse right edge presents four Chinese characters.


Ink made by Cheng Junfang of the Ming Dynasty, Wanli period. The design of this ink can be found in volume 9 of his late 16th century book, “A Manual of Cheng’s Ink Designs” 程氏墨苑.

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Physical Dimensions

55 x 54mm (l x w)

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“Writing tool: ink tablet,” China, Art and Cultural Diplomacy, accessed June 1, 2023, http://www.rewialleyart.nz/items/show/326.