3.2 x 7.8 x 14.1cm (irreg.)
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.