Inkstick (used)


Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 19th century
Soot and glue with gold pigment and lacquer
H x W: 7 x 1.9 cm (2 3/4 x 3/4 in)
China, Anhui province
Credit Line
Gift of Marguerite Church
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Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911)
Provenance information is currently unavailable

1. Original folder sheet note indicates name of source and location at date of acquisition. Source address listed in this record is most current.

2. (Fu Shen, 1984) This set of 32 inksticks was mainly made in southern Anhui Province, China. Based on the 14 dated inksticks, the earliest one is dated in 1782; the rest are in the 19th century. Some of the undated ones may be as late as early 20th century.

Most of the inksticks are made from special orders of individual scholars or studios which are indicated by the inscriptions. A majority of the names and studios are unidentifiable, but "a" and "b" may have been made for Chien Li-pao of the late Qianlong period. "g" was ordered by the early 20th century scholar Shen T'seng-chih, 1853-1922. Some of the most famous ink makers or shops are included in this set, including T'sao Ssu-kung and Hu Kai-wen.

All the inksticks are black in color, except "m", which is blue.

3. (Susan Kitsoulis per Daisy Wang, 19 August 2011) Medium changed from "Ink" to "Soot and glue with gold pigment and lacquer"; added "Anhui province": added ManufacturerHu Kaiwen Ink Shop."

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