brownish-purple stone carved into a large conch shell with high and low relief barnacles, clams and a small crab, all with yellow-green 'eyes', on both top and bottom

Ink Stone in the Form of a Shell, late 18th-19th century

Unknown artist, expand_more

Tuan stoneexpand_more

Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  2000.36.15

Not on Viewexpand_more

Carved overall in the shape of a conch shell, this small ink stone reflects late Qing dynasty taste for complex forms. The tuan stone is of characteristic purple tone and several of the naturally occurring yellow-green "eye" inclusions have been carved into the decorative scheme. The low-relief barnacles adhering to the top and bottom as well as the small crab perched near the well all feature a yellow-green "eye" inclusion in their center. These inclusions were prized features of tuan stone and were often given emphasis in the carved designs.

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Title
Ink Stone in the Form of a Shell
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2000.36.15
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brownish-purple stone carved into a large conch shell with high and low relief barnacles, clams and a small crab, all with yellow-green 'eyes', on both top and bottom