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中國古硯
CHINESE INKSTONES

The Muwen Tang Collection Series Vol. 4
Bilingual in English and Chinese, 302 pages, over 100 illustrations, hardcover, cloth. Hong Kong, 2005.
ISBN: 978-988-97206-5-0

by Simon Kwan

Vol. 4 in the Muwen Tang Collection Series. Over 110 pieces are included, mostly of the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties. Inkstones were highly regarded by Chinese scholars, including the Song dynasty poet Su Dongpo, as the “best-friend” of the scholar. Subtle designs of Chinese inkstones reflect the changing taste and aesthetic inclination of the educated Chinese over the centuries. The subject is well documented by Chinese scholars in the past 1000 years, but relatively unknown in the West. This is the first and the most comprehensive book on the subject to be published in the English language.

 



Sample pieces:

Stone inkstone in a lacquered
box decorated with cloud
vapour designs
Western Han (206BCE-25CE)
Piyong style ceramic
inkstone with white glaze
and animal hooves
Tang (618-907)
Shoe shape Duan inkstone


Tang (618-907)
Round top inkstone made
of Duan stone

Northern Song (960-1127)
Chamber-Shaped She inkstone

Northern Song (960-1127)
Precious amphora inkstone
made from red stone
Northern Song (960-1127)
Green jade (nephrite) round
inkstone
Ming (1368-1644)
Purple Duan inkstone with a
precious duck among lotuses
Qing (1644-1911)

HK$780 (US$100), plus shipping & handling.

 

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