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Title

'Chaoshou' ink stone

Artists

Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    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.
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    169.2012.a-c
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  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China