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Collection

China

Title
'Chaoshou' ink stone
Place of origin
China
Period
Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
Song dynasty 960 - 1279 → China
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
clay, wood (?)
Dimensions

3.2 x 7.8 x 14.1 cm (irreg.)

Credit
Gift of John Yu, in memory of George Soutter 2012. Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program.
Accession number
169.2012.a-c
Location
Not on display
Further information

In 'On Ancient Ink stone' ('Shuo Gu Yan'), Chinese connoisseur Liu Hongfu mentioned that this style of ink stone started to be popular in the Song dynasty, and continued to be produced in the Ming dynasty. 'Chaoshou' means that one can put one’s hand in the hollow part underneath the ink stone. Liu possesses one ink stone with inscriptions indicating that 36 identical 'chaoshu' ink stones were made in Ming dynasty, but later collected by different people.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2012.